• Undercover agents use 800 pounds of pot to catch suspects

    By: Jenna Deery


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A local barbershop owner and another man are facing federal drug charges after undercover drug agents used 800 pounds of marijuana to arrest them.

    Federal documents about the undercover sting were unsealed this week. Drug enforcement agents said they received a tip that 800 pounds of marijuana seized in El Paso, Texas were headed to Charlotte in September, according to the documents.

    Investigators had the 16-bale shipment sent to Charlotte to use in an operation to catch whoever had plans to sell it. Court records show undercover agents worked out a deal to pick up Raymond Boyd's car at a Wal-Mart on North Tryon Street to transfer the drug.

    Once investigators picked up the car, they took it to another location to load up the 16 bales of marijuana.

    Kareem Gray and Boyd then picked up the car and brought it to Gray's apartment on Pike Road, according to court documents.

    Just as Gray and Boyd were unloading the drug at an apartment garage, agents moved in and arrested them, according to court records.

    Boyd told investigators, "You caught me red-handed." He also stated he distributes marijuana because he fell into debt and his barbershop is not making enough money. Channel 9 learned he owns Groomer's Barbershop on Brookshire Boulevard.

    "I've been advised by my lawyer not to speak," Boyd told Channel 9 on Thursday.

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