Alleged Rock Hill gun-runner denied bond in New York

adys@heraldonline.comSeptember 27, 2013 

Earl Campbell Jr.

The alleged ringleader of a gun-running scheme from Rock Hill to New York City was denied bond Friday in his first appearance in a New York court after his August arrest.

Earl Campbell, 23, was in court after fighting extradition from Charlotte for more than a month before relenting.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and will remain in custody until his next court date, said Kati Cornell, spokeswoman for the New York City Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

Campbell – nicknamed “Tall Man” by police who tailed the 6-foot-6 former Northwestern High School athlete for almost a year – allegedly masterminded the largest illegal gun seizure in New York City history.

He was charged with 237 felonies – including possession to sale of firearms and conspiracy – after investigators say he sold 90 guns, including assault rifles, to an undercover officer in New York City from October through July.

Campbell faces up to life in prison if convicted in the scheme police claim netted him more than $75,000. He is alleged to have had others buy guns in South Carolina, then ride a bus to New York himself to sell the weapons in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In all, 19 people from South Carolina, North Carolina and New York were arrested, including seven others from Rock Hill who allegedly supplied guns to Campbell and others.

Campbell’s girlfriend, Kendall Jones, 23, of Rock Hill, who allegedly sold guns in New York, continues to fight extradition on five felonies. She remains in the Mecklenburg County jail in Charlotte on possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy charges.

The next court date for Campbell and all the other defendants in the case is Dec. 12, Cornell said. At that time the judge will rule on motions.

Other Rock Hill defendants include:

• Larick Michaux, 26, who faces 49 felonies and up to life in prison if convicted. His charges include possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy. He is in jail in New York under $1 million bond.

• Warquisha “Choppers” Michaux, 28, who faces 15 charges that could carry more than 75 years in jail. Her charges include possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy. She is in jail in New York under $1 million bond.

• Chris Hill, 24, who faces three weapons felonies – two for sale of firearms and one conspiracy charge – was denied bond last week.

• Brandon Potts, 24, whose charges include possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy, also remains jailed.

• Arthur Antonio Barber, 27, was released on $100,000 bond after his arrest on possession and sale of firearms and conspiracy charges.

• Marcel Dyess, 21, of Rock Hill, serving a year in a South Carolina prison for a hit-and-run conviction, faces four charges for possession and sale of a firearm and conspiracy.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065 •

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