By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A woman and four men, including one under DUI-Death charges in Lee County, face federal charges surrounding a conspiracy to sell heroin.
Under indictment are LeShe N. Wilson, 21, Jermil Smith, 28, Clifton Wilson Jr., 52, Corderreal Gaston, 24, and Wesley Edward Brandon, 31.
No information was listed about where they live, but Brandon is from Belden and is in the custody of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as he awaits trial on the state charge.
They are accused of varying participation in a Union County scheme from January 2011 to June 2012 to possess and distribute the Schedule I narcotic.
LeShe Wilson is accused on five counts, Smith on six counts, and Clifton Wilson, Gaston and Brandon on two counts.
If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine per count.
The five were indicted June 27 but the information did not become public until recently.
According to the U.S. District Court docket, Gaston pleaded not guilty Wednesday and waived his personal appearance at formal charges or arraignment before Magistrate S. Allan Alexander in Oxford.
Government prosecutors have asked the court to transport Brandon from the Lee County jail to an Aug. 3 arraignment in Aberdeen.
No other action is scheduled in the case.
Brandon is due to appear in circuit court in Lee County on July 30, the opening day of the August term.