Two local men who were indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges in September made their initial court appearances at U.S. District Court in Bangor Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Belfast residents Phillip Kelley, 34, and Shawn Perito, 33, each pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

The offenses allegedly occurred between Jan. 1, 2005, and March 20, 2009, according to court records.

Because federal prosecutors requested that Perito be held without bail, he remains in custody this week. A detention hearing that was originally set for Thursday, Nov. 4, has since been reset for Wednesday morning, Nov. 10, at the U.S. District Courthouse in Bangor.

Kelley was released on personal recognizance bail, and a trial has been scheduled for Jan. 4, 2011.

In addition, 29-year-old Christopher Hurley and his 26-year-old brother, Matthew Hurley, have also been arrested in connection with the alleged cocaine ring. Both men are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Both brothers list Belfast and Los Angeles addresses, according to court documents. Matthew Hurley was arrested last week in Central California, and Christopher Hurley was arrested in New York.

All four men were indicted in September, but the federal indictment was not made public until all four were arrested.

No court date has been set for either Christopher or Matthew Hurley.

If convicted on the charges, all four men could serve a minimum of five to a maximum of 40 years in prison.