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Body armor seized in Durham drug bust

Posted June 8, 2012

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— Durham County investigators seized body armor in addition to drugs and weapons in a search of a home last week, authorities said.

The search of 3815 Dunn Ave. followed a month-long investigation by the Durham County Sheriff's Office Anti-Crime and Narcotics Unit, authorities said.

Deputy Sheriff Paul Sherwin said the sheriff's office has seized two sets of body armor this year. There is no state law that precludes people from owning bullet-proof vests, he said, but federal law bars anyone convicted of a violent felony from possessing one.

Shelton Neville McCall, 42, was charged with four counts each of selling cocaine and delivering cocaine, five counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for drug use and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

McCall, who was being held in the Durham County jail under a $250,000 bond, has only drug and driving convictions in North Carolina, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.

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  • piene2 Jun 12, 2012

    "I never knew that Fellons could not own body armor.. Does this mean that flashers are not allowed to own trench coats? Are Pedifiles restricted from having children? Body Armor is not a weapon, everyone should be allowed to own one. Obviously they should not own guns.
    trianglerelic"

    The cops seize anything they can get their hands on. Magically, most of the seized stuff ends up on E-Bay

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 12, 2012

    "federal law bars anyone convicted of a violent felony from possessing one." - article


    Weird. Should they also be barred from wearing seatbelts while driving, or life vests while boating? How about no parachute while sky diving? :)

  • trianglerelic Jun 8, 2012

    I never knew that Fellons could not own body armor.. Does this mean that flashers are not allowed to own trench coats? Are Pedifiles restricted from having children? Body Armor is not a weapon, everyone should be allowed to own one. Obviously they should not own guns.

  • Gork Jun 8, 2012

    Just asking because the article said three things: they seized body armor, they don't seize it unless the person has been convicted of violent felonies, and this guy had not been convicted of anything but drug and traffic offenses (?).

  • NoRespect Jun 8, 2012

    Body armor, but no weapons? They must have missed the cache...

  • cpmccols Jun 8, 2012

    Gork, probably just how they're going to seize his house...

  • Scubagirl Jun 8, 2012

    "only drug and driving convictions"

    ONLY???? Well he's upped his charges now. Glad they took it. Having body armor only makes the bad guys feel more invincible.

  • Gork Jun 8, 2012

    So, if he has no violent felony convictions, why did they seize the body armor?