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San Antonio men charged in drug trafficking conspiracy

Trio arrested remain in federal custody

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SAN ANTONIO – Three men have been charged for participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Texas said.

Federal authorities took into custody suspected Bloods gang member Lawrence Manor, 32, who is also known as Lawrence King, "Big Boy," without incident Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Manor, along with Michael Norman, 44, also known as "Mike"; and Tremal Rowe, 32, also known as "Chi-Town"; are charged by a federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

From March 13 to Monday, Manor conspired with Norman and Rowe to convert cocaine into crack cocaine inside his house on the city's east side, then package the crack cocaine and sell it to their customers, according to the complaint.

The complaint further alleged that on Sunday, the defendants kidnapped one of Manor's customers based on an unpaid drug debt, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. They allegedly took the victim to Manor's residence, where he was held against his will.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said agents conducting surveillance Monday on Manor's residence observed Rowe depart the residence. They subsequently detained Rowe and brought him back to Manor's residence, where they then executed a search warrant.

Agents discovered Norman inside, as well as the victim, with his hands and feet tied by a rope and his head covered with a black T-shirt, lying on the floor, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

All three remain in federal custody. The U.S. Attorney's Office said they face between 10 years and life in federal prison upon conviction.


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