Authorities say Reel Deal Home Style Cafe operated as money laundering operation

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 06:34 PM.

Murrell is also charged with three counts of distributing more than 28 grams of cocaine.  

As part of the indictment, Reels is alleged to “knowingly conduct and attempted to conduct a financial transaction affecting interstate and foreign commerce,, specifically, purchasing equipment to operate the Reel Deal Home Style Café which involved the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, that is conspiracy to manufacture, sell and distribute controlled substances knowing that the transaction was designed in whole and in part to conceal and disguise in nature, location, source, ownership and control of proceeds of said specified unlawful activity.”

The agents seized $18,687 in cash and various firearms ammunition in September.

Fryers, refrigerators, ranges and other kitchen equipment in addition to dining room tables and chairs were seized from the business. Included were a cash register and a 1971 Chevrolet Impala.

Both Reels and Murrell have previous felony drug convictions.

They had their initial appearance today in the Federal Courthouse in Craven County.

 Arraignment is set for the January, 2013 term in New Bern. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudy Renfer, of Raleigh, is prosecuting.

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