Seven people were federally indicted Monday in connection with an alleged heroin distribution ring in Rocky Mount.
Cedric Sharrod Williams, Derrick Lamont Hannon, Herman Lee Coley III., Mary Shanta Ellis, Jerry Keith Pittman Jr., Joseph Lamar Norris and Alonzo Keith Carter were charged with conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute heroin. Williams also was charged with three counts of knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
If convicted, the maximum penalties for the drug charges include up to 40 years in federal prison, a $5 million fine and not less than four years of supervised release. If Williams is convicted of the drug charges, he faces not less than 25 years in prison to run consecutive with any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and up to 5 years of supervised release.
“This investigation shows that local and federal law enforcement are committed to investigating and prosecuting heroin trafficking in Rocky Mount,” U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker said in a press release.
Authorities allege that the group operated a heroin distribution ring as recently as February with allegations of distributing large quantities of heroin from New Jersey to Rocky Mount. Since 2012, Williams has been arrested several times by Rocky Mount police, who have seized more than five pounds of heroin from him and his co-conspirators.
“We are committed to interrupting and apprehending the individuals that distribute heroin in Rocky Mount,” Police Chief James Moore said.