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A federal grand jury indicted three Wilson men on drug conspiracy charges Wednesday.
Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Barnes, 49, and Jeffrey “Cookieman” Bernard Moore, 48, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, Robert Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced in a news release.
Five hundred grams equals 17.64 ounces, or more than a pound of cocaine.
Tony Lynn Winstead, 60, was also indicted on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, officials said.
The Wilson Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Barnes, Moore and Winstead on Tuesday.
If convicted, Barnes and Moore could face a maximum of 40 years to a minimum of five years in federal prison. They could also receive a $5 million fine and a term of supervised release following any active sentence, according to federal officials.
If Winstead were to be convicted, he could face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine as well as a supervised release.
The case is a part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina’s “Take Back North Carolina Initiative” and the Wilson Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are investigating the alleged crimes.