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With indictments returned, Cherry, Reams face June arraignment

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With true bills of indictment returned last month, Henry Cherry and Tony Reams now await their arraignment and trial on federal heroin trafficking charges in New Bern.

The proceedings, according to federal court records, are scheduled for June 13.
The two men, Reams from Scotland Neck and Cherry from Tarboro, were arrested in March on federal counts after initially being arrested in Roanoke Rapids during a traffic stop which ended a lengthy investigation.
As of last week, the two men were denied release from federal custody, according to documents filed today.
Both men face possible sentences of 10 years or more and United States Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank determined Cherry was ineligible for release due to his prior criminal history, history of substance abuse, lack of suitable release plan, nature and circumstances of the offense, pattern of similar activity and noncompliance with prior supervision.
The circumstances for Reams’ ineligibility for pretrial release were identical to Cherry’s, Swank’s order notes.
In April the federal Grand Jury indicted both men on two counts, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Count 1 charges the men did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, agree, and have a tacit understanding with each other and with other persons, known and unknown to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin.
Count 1 says the amount of heroin involved in the conspiracy was 100 grams or more.
Count 2 charges the men on March 13, the day of their arrest, knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin.


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