- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Federal authorities say an accused sex trafficker who lured two girls to Charlotte by promising them food, shelter and security, and then turned them into prostitutes has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said in a news release that 32-year-old Tony Lee Drum of Charlotte was sentenced on Tuesday for two counts each of sex trafficking of minors and transporting minors across state lines for prostitution.

Drum also faces a lifetime of supervised release after prison.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer saw one of the girls on a city street in September 2013 and identified her as a missing 14-year-old from South Carolina. One month later, police found the second girl asleep in Drum’s car as they served him an arrest warrant.

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