Friday, December 19, 2014

Derek Fleming: Club Turnt Up 336

Today Club Turnt Up 336 is again in the news as club owner Derek Fleming has lost his appeal before the Greensboro Board of Adjustment to keep his business privilege license:

"The city has shut down a “teen club” business in east Greensboro that investigators said wasn’t catering to youngsters and allowed alcohol consumption."

 What I want to know is why was Derek Fleming allowed to operate such a business in the first place?

"Derek Fleming was convicted of (1) conspiracy to distribute cocaine base ("crack") in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846; (2) inducing a minor to participate in a drug conspiracy in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 861(a)(1); and (3) possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1) and (2). Fleming appeals, arguing that the district court erred by admitting evidence of prior drug sales and improperly calculating the weight of drugs ascribed to the conspiracy for sentencing purposes. We affirm.
3Derek Fleming and Antuan Marsh entered into a conspiracy to operate a "crack house" from an apartment on Martin Luther King Drive in Greensboro, North Carolina. Fleming and Marsh purchased the crack and then gave it to Ronald Smith, a 16 year old minor. Smith sold crack to walk-in customers at the apartment and was paid between $200 and $300 dollars per week.
4On May 23, 1991, Greensboro police officers arrested Smith and searched the apartment. They found 52 grams of crack, a pistol, and a Mossberg shotgun. Drug paraphernalia was scattered around the apartment, and, in the closet, the police found an army jacket with Fleming's name on it. Fleming and Marsh were arrested and indicted.
5At trial, the government attempted to prove Fleming's participation in the conspiracy by offering Marsh's and Smith's testimony that Fleming was a co-conspirator, the physical evidence from the crack house, and evidence that Fleming had previously dealt drugs.
6The jury found Fleming guilty of all three counts. He was sentenced to 322 months of imprisonment to be followed by 60 months of supervised release. Fleming appeals.
7The indictment charged Fleming and Marsh with conspiring to distribute crack from April to June, 1991. At trial, the government also introduced, through the testimony of four Greensboro police officers, evidence that Fleming had sold crack on two prior occasions.1 The district court's decision to admit "other acts" evidence pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. Rule 404(b) is reviewed by this court for "abuse of discretion." United States v. Rawle, 845 F.2d 1244, 1247 (4th Cir. 1988)."
Yeah, this is the kind of guy we want our children hanging around, right? One might begin to believe the City of Greensboro wants to kill the children of East Greensboro. And the city waits until after 2 shootings have taken place at this illegal liquor house before they take action when preventing it was as easy as googling Derek Fleming Greensboro. 
Derek Fleming lost his appeal against GPD Chief Sylvester Daughtry and Officer D E Gaines in 1996. For what I don't know.

He lost an appeal on an unrelated charge against the United States government in 1996.

Derek Fleming was arrested and charged with ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION on June 20, 2013 and the City of Greensboro allows him to operate a venue that caters to teenagers? I could go on but you get the picture.

It is past time the Greensboro City Council took a very hard look at how business privilege licenses are issued here in Greensboro.

Update: As confirmation, Mr Fleming's most recent arrest for the incident reported in the News & Record article linked at the top of the page. Same guy.