WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Three men are facing federal charges for their alleged roles in a heroin distribution case.
A US Department of Justice news release said Deandre Sweet, 27, Kyeric Sweet, 24, and Diquelle Sweet, 21, all of Wilmington, are charged in a 15-count federal indictment with conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin. Diquelle Sweet is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Deandre and Diquelle Sweet are being held in the New Hanover County Jail and Kyeric Sweet is in the Columbus County Jail.
According to the release, the Sweets sold heroin beginning in April 2015 and continuing until at least October 2017.
Diquelle Sweet was arrested Oct. 11, 2017, by the Wilmington Police Department, Kyeric Sweet was arrested Oct. 12, 2017, by the FBI and WPD and Deandre Sweet was arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 19, 2016.
Deandre Sweet had 500 bags of heroin in his possession when he was arrested.
Wilmington police confirmed that the Sweets are related and that all three are validated members of the Bloods gang.