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Trial dates set in drug case

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Terrica Hendrix
Reporter
NASHVILLE – Trial dates have been set for a local
man charged in drug case.
Darrell Aikens, 56, of Nashville, appeared in Howard
Circuit Court on Wed., Dec. 16 before Judge Charles A.
Yeargan and entered a not guilty plea to several drug
charges. The judge ordered Aikens to return on Feb. 3
for pretrial and on Feb. 16 for trial.
According to a press release issued by Nashville
Narcotics Investigator Mark Barnes, “On Nov. 12, at approximately
1:30 p.m., members of the Nashville Police
Department and the Howard County Sheriff’s Department
executed a search and arrest warrant at 920 Mine
St., in Nashville. This warrant was a result of months
of undercover work by the department. Items seized
from Aiken’s house include approximately ¼ pound
of suspected marijuana and items of paraphernalia to
include scales for weighing the suspected marijuana,
plastic bags and rolling papers. Also located in the
residence was a police band scanner and a Bryco .380
cal. Pistol along with 40 rounds of ammo. Aiken’s 2000
model Chevrolet pickup was also seized… Darrell Aikens
is charged with five counts of delivery of a scheduled VI
controlled substance (marijuana), simultaneous possession
of drugs and firearms, possession of a scheduled VI
controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession
of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $175,000
by Circuit Judge Tom Cooper.” Aikens bond was later
reduced to $50,000.
Officers involved in the warrant execution were,
Nashville Police Chief Dale Pierce, Assistant Chief Amy
Marion, Narcotics Investigator Mark Barnes and Officers
Justin Garner, Wayne Epperly, Aaron Quick and Howard
County Deputies Todd Tallant, Blake Eudy, and Investigator
Jade Hughes, Barnes added.
Other circuit court cases heard on Dec. 16:
Freddie L. Robinson, 25, of Nashville, was ordered
to return on Jan. 6 for pretrial and on Jan. 26 for trial.
Robinson is charged with residential burglary and theft
of property.
Dustin L. Merchant, 33, of Nashville, was ordered to
return on Jan. 6for pretrial and on Jan. 26 for trial. Merchant
is charged with theft of property.
Corey L. Stewart, 37, of Nashville, was sentenced to
drug court, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, drug assessment
fee, DNA fee and costs for possession of a scheduled II
controlled substance.

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