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SWAT team raids Denver home for drugs

2nd raid this year nets two new suspects

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

 

For a second time in three months, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s SWAT team and Narcotics unit raided a Denver residence Tuesday night, where three children were also staying, arresting both a Huntersville man and homeless man for alleged cocaine and marijuana possession.
Authorities first raided the home, located at 4736 Dick Wilson Road, in August during one of the county’s most infamous drug round-ups, “Operation Rolling 50.”
During Tuesday’s raid, which occurred around 11:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Office authorities arrested 24-year-old homeless man Gercobe Arnell McClain and Reco Ricardo Cureton, 40, of 16001 Statesville Road in Huntersville, according to a press release.
McClain was jailed under a $7,000 secured bond and charged with felony possession with the intent to manufacture a schedule I controlled substance along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana exceeding ½ ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cureton was placed under an $80,000 secured bond and was charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon. He also faces one misdemeanor count of failing to store a weapon to protect a minor.
Authorities noted there were also two women and three children inside the home. Children ranged in age from 11 months to seven years old and were sitting only a few feet away from a .22 magnum Derringer that had been lying out in the open, investigators said.
When SWAT officers first entered the home, they said the children were on the bed watching TV, mostly unconcerned and unaffected by the night’s unexpected events. Deputies noted that the children were also inside the residence during the first raid this past summer.
Authorities said they notified the Department of Social Services about the incident.
Narcotics investigators told the Times-News Wednesday morning that they’ve been doing undercover work in the case for at least eight months.
Drugs seized included 11 grams of marijuana, 12 grams of powder cocaine, between three and five grams of crack cocaine and an unknown amount of unidentified pills, authorities said.
Additional items removed from the home included a pistol, an undisclosed amount of money, three cell phones, an MP3 player, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.
As additional evidence is processed, more charges and arrests may occur, a press release said.
Narcotics officers noted that the Denver home has been a source of drug activity for some time, calling the area a “known problem.”
Both suspects also have an extensive criminal history listed on the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
Cureton was released from custody in July 2006, following a 25-month prison sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon in Mecklenburg County. He’s also been convicted of drug possession and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
McClain additionally sat behind bars for more than two years after he was convicted of selling a schedule II drug in Mecklenburg County in 2009, records showed. He was convicted of felony common law robbery in the same county four years earlier and has committed misdemeanor offenses including assault with a deadly weapon and damage to property, according to NC DOC.
Tuesday’s incident remains under investigation.
Both Mimi Yvette Stewart, 43, and Michael Raynard Quick, 50, were apprehended in the first raid.

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