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First appearance hearing in drug case suspended

Two of the four suspects in an alleged drug distribution ring busted here Saturday were in magistrate court this morning for a first appearance hearing that was abruptly postponed. Reginald Denard Tamplin and Shemika DeShawn Sullivan were before the bench when court clerk Jennifer Pritchett announced the hearing had been suspended at the request of Judge Tommy Wilson. Wilson signed the original search warrants for the bust at 137 Banks Road. The hearing was reconvened at 2 p.m. and both were bound over to superior court without bond. Tamplin, 32, and Sullivan, 24, are charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of multiple firearms during commission of a felony. Shrouded in orange, jail-issue jumpsuits, the pair stood before the bench shackled at the wrists and ankles. They whispered to each other. When it was announced the hearing had been postponed, they held hands and looked each other in the eyes before being led back to their cells. Also arrested in the raid were Virginia Ann Tamplin, 60, and David Thomas Tamplin, 63. They face the same charges as Sullivan and Reginald Tamplin. The elder Tamplins were in court for the bond hearing as spectators. They said they were released from jail at 4 a.m. Sunday by agents of the Narcotics Task Force. Judge Thomas confirmed they were not “judicially released”.

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