South Carolina man convicted by federal jury for drug distribution, firearm charges after North Carolina traffic stop

Published 7:40 am Monday, March 14, 2022

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A federal jury convicted an Orangeburg, South Carolina man on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 on charges of distribution of heroin and fentanyl, along with associated firearms violations including possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Anthony Cyquan Herring, 40, was stopped by Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone on I-95 southbound for speeding.

“Sheriff Stone smelled marijuana coming from the SUV, which other Deputies confirmed,” stated the release. “The ensuing search of Herring’s SUV resulted in Deputies finding over thirty-six grams of heroin and fentanyl, fifty grams of cocaine, marijuana, distribution paraphernalia, $2,200.00 cash, and a loaded firearm.”

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According to the release, deputies found Herring’s young children “in the back of the SUV, sleeping and urinating in bottles as their dad drove through the night from Connecticut on the way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.”

Herring faces a guideline range of 360 months to life imprisonment when sentenced in June 2022.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle accepted the verdict. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney J.D. Koesters and Special Assistant United States Attorney Tyler Lemons are prosecuting.