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NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, a jury convicted JEREMIE LAMAR BRYANT, 33, of New Bern, of selling and possessing heroin, and presiding Superior Court Judge Josh Willey sentenced Bryant to more than 7 years as an habitual felon. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins.

New Bern Police Department detectives arranged a controlled purchase of heroin from an individual, with the assistance of a confidential informant. The informant contacted the individual by phone and was instructed to go to a residence on Lombardi Circle. The informant did so, and waited outside in the car. Bryant approached the informant at the car window, and exchanged heroin for the purchase price of $ 80.00. This exchange was captured on video, and the heroin weighed 0.11 grams.

The two-day trial resulted in the jury finding Bryant guilty of Sale of Heroin, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. After the jury verdict, Bryant admitted his status as an habitual felon, since he had at least three prior felony convictions on his record. Judge Willey sentenced Bryant to a prison term of 88 to 118 months (approximately 7 to 9 years), and ordered Bryant to pay court costs, appointed attorney fees, restitution, and laboratory analysis fees.

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