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Fayetteville murder suspect arrested on fresh drug charges

Posted September 9, 2010

— A repeat offender with a murder charge on his record was among five people arrested in a drug bust in Fayetteville Wednesday, police said.

Donte Jamel Lucas, 22, of 921 Fiske Drive, was arrested Wednesday on four charges related to dealing cocaine and one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana.

Police said that Lucas was out on bond after being charged in connection with the March 17 shooting death of Raheem Altrick Williams, 29, on Boxwood Lane. He had made bond on that charge, a police spokesman said. The amount of the bond and the judge who allowed it was not immediately available.

Lucas faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Chief Tom Bergamine said that Lucas' arrest highlights the problem of crimes by repeat offenders.

"I have before that we can't arrest our way out of crime," Bergamine said in a statement. "Until we start dealing with repeat offenders in a swift manner, they will continue to wreak havoc on our neighborhoods."

Lucas is also serving a 36-month probation sentence for December 2008 convictions for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and attempted common-law robbery, according to state Department of Correction records.

Along with Lucas, those arrested in Wednesday's drug raid were:

  • Erica Cherie Gainey, 24, of 921 Fiske Drive, charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine and possession of marijuana
  • Daquan Jevon Smith, 19, of 921 Fiske Drive, charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine
  • Mario Lyons, 20, of 1500 Blan St., charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacturing cocaine and conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine
  • Patricia Blake, 61, of 921 Fiske Drive, charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine

DOC records show that Gainey has four 2004 convictions for possession with intent to sell and deliver, along with convictions for larceny of a motor vehicle and shoplifting.

Police said that Smith was arrested in 2007 on a marijuana charge.

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  • Weetie Sep 10, 1:44 p.m.

    P.S. Sometimes "time-out" does not work!

  • Weetie Sep 10, 1:42 p.m.

    I agree wildcat. Another prime example of kids left in the street to raise themselves.

  • wildcat Sep 9, 5:00 p.m.

    Several years in prison should teach them a valuable lesson. The parents did not teach them, so maybe the prison will.

  • we3rblessed Sep 9, 1:40 p.m.

    Good lord, that's why we have a justice system that caters to criminals. He is OUT on bond FOR first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. (WHY the world did this idiot judge give him bond? The judge should be facing charges, they (the judges)should be held accountable for releasing criminals to continue to commit crimes.They are just as guilty, they know this criminal commited a crime and welcomed them back onto the streets to continue to be offenders.) It is a disgrace to even call it a justice system, because justice is not justice on earth.

  • cge061367 Sep 9, 1:28 p.m.

    Key word "REPEAT"

  • WRALblows Sep 9, 1:24 p.m.

    NC is a punishment state, not a reform state. While it may be true reform is not possible for many our failure to attempt it means there will undoubtedly be a higher level of repeat offenders than if reform only worked for 1% of the inmate population to be released back into society.

    If we have decided that reform is too costly then we should be prepared to accept the level of repeat offenders as the status quot and stop complaining about it.

  • twc Sep 9, 1:19 p.m.

    awheywego, poverty does create crime! Poverty also prevents education.

    Anyone who has never experienced true poverty has no idea what it does to people.

  • WRALblows Sep 9, 1:18 p.m.

    No bond for anyone charged with murder.

  • twc Sep 9, 1:15 p.m.

    2thec, did you know that much of the food and clothing consumed by inmates are made or grown by inmates? We do need to increase efforts aimed at prevention. Actually, some of our prevention programs need to be changed. Some of those programs actually help promote crime.

    At the same time, we need much more prison space.

  • LovemyPirates Sep 9, 1:04 p.m.

    People like this get out because we don't have enough prison space, guards or funds to feed, cloth and maintain all the people who should be in prison. Until we start spending money on prevention that includes economic opportunity there will be increased crime.

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