Man accused in Charleston heroin ring pleads guilty

One of the eight people accused in a Charleston heroin distribution ring pleaded guilty in federal court this morning.

Jermaine Lorenzo Bailey, also known as “Yellow,” is named in a 2011 federal indictment involving a conspiracy connected to more than a kilogram of heroin, as well as cocaine, according to one of the superseding indictments. He is also charged with the distribution of those drugs. The drug crimes began in at least 2006, the indictment said.

Bailey and others are also accused of using several places in Charleston, including apartments at Bridgeview Apartments, formerly known as Bayside Manor; Athens Court; and King Street to manufacture and distribute drugs, according to the plea agreement.

The arrests included the seizure of about 10,000 bags of “SWAT” brand heroin found in a secret compartment of a sports utility vehicle in May 2011, a previous news release said.

Bailey will be sentenced at a future date.


Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.


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