The accused gunrunners from Rock Hill arrested in 2013 in New York City’s largest-ever seizure of illegal weapons continue to fight the charges in court.
In August, 19 people, including eight from Rock Hill, were indicted in an alleged scheme to move guns from the Carolinas to New York. More than 250 guns were confiscated.
Earl Campbell, 24, of Rock Hill allegedly sold 90 weapons for $75,000 to an undercover officer. Others from Rock Hill were allegedly involved in the selling, purchase, and transport of guns and ammunition. The scheme went on from 2012 until the arrests in early August.
Others from Rock Hill who were charged include Campbell’s girlfriend Kendall Jones, 23; as well as Larick Michaux 26, a felon already convicted of drug felonies in South Carolina; his sister Warquisha Michaux, 29; Arthur Barber, 27; Brandon Potts, 24; Chris Hill, 25, and Marcell Dyess. Dyess has not been to court in New York yet because he is in a South Carolina prison on unrelated charges.
All seven appeared in court Monday, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, but there was no change in the status of the cases against them. The next court appearance for Campbell is May 30: The others are scheduled to appear again in April.
Many of the defendants, including Campbell, have been offered plea deals for prison sentences ranging from five years for the alleged gun suppliers to an offer of 30 years for Campbell, accused of being the ringleader. Campbell faces more than 200 felonies and the potential of life in prison if convicted at trial of all charges. All except Barber, out on bond, remain jailed in New York.