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Sedrick Reed

Sedrick Reed

Little Rock, Ark. — A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant, Sedrick L. Reed, 43, has been indicted on five counts of drug and firearm related charges brought by the FBI’s Arkansas Trust Public Corruption Task Force and Little Rock Police.
Reed was charged with drug conspiracy, cocaine distribution, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin, and possession of a firearm related to a drug trafficking crime.
A second party, an apparent accomplice, Lamont M. Johnson, 45, was also indicted on drug and firearm related charges. Johnson was charged with drug conspiracy, cocaine distribution, a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a defaced firearm, and possession of a firearm related to a drug trafficking crime. Both Reed and Johnson are Little Rock residents.
The indictment also brought four forfeiture allegations against Reed and Johnson related to firearms and assets. They seized $30,000 in cash obtained from Reed and found at his residence, and $57,595 found at Johnson’s home.
The initial Criminal Complaint, released July 18, alleges that Reed, who at the time of the investigation was an Arkansas State Police (ASP) Lieutenant with full oversight of the Troop A evidence vault, broke the evidence seal on a box of cocaine held in evidence and removed cocaine more than once for distribution. The investigation revealed that he was selling the cocaine to Johnson. To To view that complaint, click HERE.
Both Reed and Johnson are being held on an order of detention issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on July 23. The order was issued stating that Reed presented a danger to the community and a flight risk, and Johnson was detained without prejudice
Possible penalties for the charges brought against Reed for drug distribution including cocaine and heroin are up to 20 years or 40 years on each charge with fines of up to $5 million This does not include the firearm use charge which has a maximum imprisonment charge of five years to life and a fine range of $250,000.
Johnson would face a penalty range on the drug charges of up to 20 and 40 years and up to a million dollar fine. His firearm charges carried imprisonments of five years and $250,00 fines.
Both men face a penalty of 10 years to life and a fine of up to $10 million for the initial count charging them with drug conspiracy
Reed and Johnson are scheduled to appear before Judge Ray later this month to set a trial date.
Prosecutors are Assistant U.S. attorneys Julie Peters and Chris Givens.
The federal indictment was returned by a grand jury and was announced by U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer and Randall C. Coleman, special agent in charge of the Little Rock Field Office of the FBI, on Wednesday.

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