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Alleged dealers are first placed under million-dollar bonds

Three alleged heroin dealers from Brunswick County are the first suspects to be held under million-dollar bonds through a new effort by the District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Jon David, who covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties, announced Tuesday that that Cherelle Hills, Jerry Hakeem Colvin, and Kenneth Bernard Norman were charged and arrested by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Sunset Beach Police Department.

Cherelle Hills

Jerry Hakeem Colvin

Kenneth Norman

They face multiple warrants for trafficking heroin, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Each received a bond of $1 million set by the presiding magistrate. The suspects were arrested Saturday.

Each defendant had a first appearances in Brunswick County District Court on Monday, when the Judge Richard Russell Davis let the high bonds stand. Each suspect will have a probable cause hearing were set for April 2.

David recently announced that the DA’s office has asked that law enforcement request bonds of a million dollars or more for suspects in heroin trafficking cases. The move is part of a broader effort to curb the growing heroin problem in the 12th Judicial District.

Officials are also working to have a “Death by distribution” statute passed into state law. The measure would charge dealers who sell drugs to overdose victims with murder in the event the user died.

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