Spencer brothers convicted on heroin charges

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Gerald Lamont Steele and David Lewis Crockett, Jr.

SPENCER, N.C. — Two North Carolina brothers have been charged in connection with federal drug charges.

Gerald Lamont Steele, 39, was charged with one count of possession by firearm by a felon, five counts of conspiracy to sell heroin, four counts of maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell controlled substances and four counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin.

David Lewis Crockett, 33, was charged with five counts of conspiracy to sell heroin and five counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were making heroin purchases from the brother’s residence for more than two months. They conducted the raid Friday.

The brothers were previously convicted on drug charges in North Carolina in 2003. Steele was released from federal prison in 2010 and Steele was released in September 2014.

Steele’s bond was set at $500,000, while Crockett’s was set at $400,000.