Important thing about that big federal "gang" investigation that was supposedly in the works for six months: Several of the 15 suspects rounded up Wednesday morning had recently been turned loose by the state of North Carolina.
Not pending state charges mind you, there are plenty more of those. We are just talking about existing sentences for felony convictions which released them from custody -- or never imprisoned them at all.
Let's start with Marco Wigfall. Wigfall, 23, has felony convictions dating back to 2003. Of particular interest is a robbery with a dangerous weapon conviction in September 2005 which carried a sentence of up to 65 months in prison. However, Wigfall was paroled on January 3rd after serving a little over three years and was to remain on parole through September, according to state records.
Two weeks after his release CMPD arrested Wigfall on a felony cocaine charge. He was bonded out. Two weeks after that he was arrested again by CMPD and charged with three more felonies, including running a crack house. He stayed in the MeckCo Jail until February 22nd -- last Sunday -- on those charges. Yet within 36 hours of release Wigfall was in federal custody, part of the showy round-up of gang-members in West Charlotte.
Next, Tavarus Sturdivant, 27, with felony convictions dating to 2000. In October 2008 Sturdivant received a 36 month suspended sentence for a felony cocaine trafficking charge. In other words, he was on probation when the feds swooped in on Wednesday.
But wait, Sturdivant was also on probation back on January 29th -- one month ago -- when CMPD arrested him and charged him with four felonies, all involving trafficking heroin and cocaine. Yet he was bonded out.