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Fayetteville murder suspect arrested on fresh drug charges

Posted September 9, 2010 8:38 a.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2010 12:12 p.m. EDT

— 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.