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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:16

Wiggins takes plea in Blood heroin conspiracy

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Two people charged in a Scotland Neck Blood Nation heroin distribution conspiracy have been sentenced and another today in New Bern accepted a plea deal.

Four others charged in the conspiracy have sentencing dates either later this month March, April and May, federal court records show.

At his arraignment today before Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones Jr., Markell Desettan Wiggins pled guilty to count 1 against him, a minute entry filed publicly shows.

Six other counts against him will be dismissed at his sentencing, which is scheduled for the May term of court before District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan.

Count 1 is a conspiracy indictment which alleges the defendants beginning around 2012 until the indictment in June of last year knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with each other and other persons to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.

Collin Lee Whitaker Jr. and Dantee Brown were sentenced last month after they pled to count 1.

Whitaker received a 12-month sentence and counts 2,3, and 8 were dismissed.

Brown received a 30-month sentence and counts 5 and 9 were dismissed. Both men will be subject to three years of supervised released at the end of their sentences, according to federal court records.

Bo'Neka Sarell McDaniel and Shanta Venita Hines are scheduled for sentencing on February 21. Kevin Carswell is scheduled for a March 20 sentencing and Reginald Savage is scheduled for sentencing at the beginning of April.

The original 15-count indictment charged them with heroin sales of 100 grams or more and identified them as reputed members of the Sex Money Murder Blood set.



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