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Avery Bryant

PULASKI COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – It took a Pulaski County grand jury a little more than an hour to convict a Rolla man earlier this week on attempted heroin trafficking charges.

According to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office, the South Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the home of Avery Bryant on May 14, 2014. Task force officers discovered approximately 39.5 grams of heroin in Bryant’s coat pocket.

Before and during the trial, Bryant admitted the heroin was his, but claimed it was for personal use only. Testimony for the prosecution indicated that the task force found no paraphernalia in the home consistent with heroin use.

The 39.5 grams of heroin carried an estimated street value of $20,000.

Following the verdict, the judge revoked Bryant’s previous bond and set a new bond at $1 million. Bryant will be sentenced December 2.