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Biloxi city councilman’s bond set after being charged with drug crimes

Robert Deming III (Photo courtesy Harrison County Sheriff's Department)

The bond for the Biloxi city councilman who was issued three felony charges connected to drug possession and distribution earlier this year has been set.

Robert Deming — who was elected to Biloxi’s city council in 2013 — was taken into custody last week following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revealed numerous illegal drugs were discovered during raids at six Candy Shop & Kratom stores in Mississippi and two in North Carolina in January.

All of Deming’s assets were forfeited after the raids, as well as an additional $2 million that was believed to be involved in drug trafficking and drug conspiracies.

At this time, Deming’s counts include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, as well as intentionally conspiring with others known and unknown to the grand jury to possess Schedule I substances.

He is also facing charges for the destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations.

Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of no more than 20 years in prison and at least three years of supervised release, along with a fine of under $1 million.

Deming’s bond has since been set at $25,000 after appearing in court on Friday.

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