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3 men accused of federal crimes after drug-related kidnapping

Three men are facing federal allegations after they apparently kidnapped an area man after a drug deal gone wrong. Official reports show that the trio, ages 22, 26 and 57, have been charged with federal crimes including kidnapping. The defendants appeared in a federal court in North Carolina, but they may be extradited to South Carolina to actually face trial. They are accused of not only kidnapping the man, but also demanding ransom and holding the victim at gunpoint.

Official reports say that the men are accused of kidnapping a 23-year-old victim. That man was involved with an organization that engaged in drug sales, and he had apparently previously delivered about 200 pounds of marijuana to a customer. The victim gave the drugs to the customer, expecting financial compensation for the drugs at a later time. However, that client apparently made off with the marijuana and never paid the man. The drug group, based in Mexico, decided to hold the victim and his father accountable for the loss of $200,000 -- the cost of the missing drugs. When they could not pay the bill, the victim stopped working for the Mexican trafficking group.

Elementary educators arrested on prescription drug charges

There mere mention of drug dealing often conjures up visions of several people huddled together in a dark alley while passing money and drugs back and forth. For one North Carolina town, the drug deals were allegedly taking place in a manner nobody would ever have suspected.

Several arrests that were made this week on drug charges were the culmination of a four-month investigation into the matter. Those arrested included a 48-year-old doctor and his 44-year-old wife, a second-grade teacher at a local elementary school. Three other employees of the school, including two teacher assistants and a third-grade teacher, were also arrested. More arrests were made, including an administrative assistant at a preschool facility, a teacher at a local religious academy and another female suspect who was not employed at any school.

Former teacher accused of sex crimes with student

A North Carolina woman who had taught for Durham Public Schools has been accused of maintaining an inappropriate relationship with one of her students. The 37-year-old woman is formally accused of sex crimes including engaging in a sex offense with a student and taking indecent liberties with a student. North Carolina law dictates that it is illegal for any teacher to engage in a sexual relationship with a student, no matter the student’s age.

Authorities report that the woman is accused of maintaining the relationship with a female student. The pair met in 2012, when the student was 15 years old. Officers say that they are not entirely sure when the relationship turned sexual, though that information is currently being sought through the criminal investigation. The woman resigned from her teaching job in April; she had been working at the school as a dance teacher since 1997.

North Carolina doctor pleading guilty to federal crimes, fraud

A former North Carolina physician has pleaded guilty in connection with federal allegations of health care fraud. The man, who had been an owner of Northcross Medical Center in the Charlotte area, was an internal medicine physician. The 55-year-old man was accused of federal crimes after he apparently used his medical center to defraud the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Official reports show that the man was also accused of tax evasion, dodging as much as $800,000 in tax debt.

Authorities say that the man and others at his practice were engaged in submitting false claims for procedures from 2009 to 2013. Most of those claims related to hemorrhoidectomies and other similar procedures. In many cases, those services were never provided, but the federal government compensated the center because of their filings through Medicare and Medicaid. Further, it appears that many of the man's patients did not even qualify for the treatments that they were supposedly receiving.

Defendants accused of hiding sex crimes behind daycare business

Yet another North Carolina resident has been arrested in connection with an alleged child pornography operation that was based in Harnett County. That man, age 50, was arrested on June 24. He faces serious criminal allegations of first-degree sex crimes, according to news reports.

Authorities say that the man was apprehended after investigators released photographs of his face in an attempt to identify him. Those investigators say that video tape exists implicating the man in the recorded assault of a child. Four other people have already been arrested in connection with the case, which alleges that a daycare and mentoring initiative was used as a front to create child pornography. A 33-year-old man is the primary defendant in this case.

Defendant gets more than 14 years for drug-related federal crimes

A criminal defendant with alleged gang connections has been sentenced after reportedly supplying more than three pounds of methamphetamine to others in the area. The man, age 21, was sentenced in a North Carolina district court after being convicted of federal charges. He is slated to spend 169 months behind bars for the federal crimes.

Federal investigators say the man was reportedly caught traveling from his home state of Georgia to Boone, North Carolina. He had about 250 grams -- about 1,000 doses -- of methamphetamine with him at the time of that traffic stop. The man was prosecuted in federal court because he was attempting to distribute drugs across state lines. Criminal defendants accused of federal crimes have significantly different courtroom needs from those who are facing state-level charges. A defense strategy must be crafted to accommodate the harsher penalties that are likely to be handed down in a federal drug case.

Former political aide accused of DWI with teen son in car

A former aide for North Carolina politician John Edwards has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk. The defendant, age 48, was taken into custody on June 8 after a traffic stop in Raleigh. Authorities say that the man is accused of DWI in connection with the incident, but he is also facing allegations of child abuse because his teenage son was in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Official reports show that the man's encounter with officers began after the man allegedly struck another person's vehicle with his hand after an altercation at a concert. Police said that the man was upset because two vehicles had cut each other off as they were leaving the venue. The defendant apparently had glassy eyes and otherwise appeared intoxicated. He also failed sobriety tests.

Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin Marcilliat Gets Felony Drug Charges Dismissed in Wake County

RELEASED: June 9, 2014

RALEIGH, NC - Kevin Marcilliat, criminal defense attorney with the Roberts Law Group, successfully defended a client charged with Felony Possession of Cocaine, ultimately getting the drug charge dismissed.

Defendant arrested on 20-year-old sex crimes charges

A North Carolina man has been arrested in connection with alleged sex crimes that were perpetrated against a 12-year-old child in the 1990s. The defendant, age 62, is facing formal sex crimes allegations, including charges of first degree rape of a child, second degree rape and statutory rape, among others. Officials say that the alleged incidents occurred between 1994 and 1998.

The defendant is currently being held on a bond of $1 million in the Gaston County Detention Facility. He is expected to be transferred to the Brunswick County facility in short order. It appears that the defendant was arrested in late May, according to area news reports.

Man gets 15 months for federal crimes after stealing from bank

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 15 months' prison time after he was convicted of stealing more than $140,000 from a bank vault. That man, age 21, had been an employee with an armored car service at the time of the federal crimes. He has also been sentenced to repay the money and serve two years' worth of court-mandated supervision. The man had pleaded guilty to bank theft in March 2013. He was sentenced in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 21.

The defendant in this case remains free on bond. He is waiting for officials to determine the federal facility where he will serve his time. He will be required to report to the facility when that decision is made. It is important to remember that this man, like all other federal convicts, will serve his time without possibility of parole. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help these defendants understand more about their sentences.

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