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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Arrests Made in Heroin Distribution Case in Wilmington

WILMINGTON – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces the arrests of three defendants and their transfers into federal custody pursuant to a 15-count federal indictment for drug related charges.

An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on February 28, 2018, against DEANDRE SWEET, 27, of Wilmington, KYERIC SWEET, 24, of Wilmington, and DIQUELLE SWEET, 21, of Wilmington.  The indictment charges the three defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, in the Eastern District of North Carolina beginning on or about April 2015 and continuing up to at least October, 2017. DIQUELLE SWEET is also charged with felon in possession of a firearm.   

DIQUELLE SWEET was arrested October 11, 2017 by the Wilmington Police Department. KYERIC SWEET was arrested on October 12, 2017 by the FBI and Wilmington Police Department.  DEANDRE SWEET was arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office on September 19, 2016.  DEANDRE SWEET and DIQUELLE SWEET are currently being held in the New Hanover County Detention Center and KYERIC SWEET is in the Columbus County Detention Center.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.  

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 7, 2018