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Jury Convicts Armed Drug Trafficker Caught in Nash County Operation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – A federal jury convicted an Orangeburg, South Carolina man on Tuesday 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 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.  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.  Deputies discovered 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 is prosecuting the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No.5:20-cr-00347-BO-1.

Updated March 10, 2022