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Man charged for having more than 20,000 bags of heroin

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Aaron Veal (Source: New Hanover Co. Jail) Aaron Veal (Source: New Hanover Co. Jail)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man who was reportedly arrested in possession of 22,000 bags of heroin is behind bars in the New Hanover County Jail, according to authorities.

Aaron Veal, of Irvington, NJ, is being held under $10 million bond. He had his first appearance in court Wednesday, where the district attorney's office asked that the bond be raised higher than $1 million, which it had been originally set at.

The judge then set the bond at $10 million, and the district attorney's office is exploring the possibility of taking the case federally.

Veal is charged with possession of heroin of 28 grams or more, which is the highest count in state statues, and transporting.

According to the NC General Statues, if convicted, Veal will be punished as a "Class C felon and shall be sentenced to a minimum term of 225 months and a maximum term of 279 months in the State's prison and shall be fined not less than $500,000."

According to documents, Veal is listed as "unemployed" with his wife paying all his bills.

Shelley Lynch, an FBI spokesperson, said the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Wilmington Police, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Highway Patrol and Duplin County Sheriff's Office were involved with this bust.

She wouldn't reveal any other details about the investigation, which she said is ongoing.

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