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Chapel Hill men charged with trafficking cocaine

Posted September 10, 2010

— Chatham County sheriff's deputies arrested two Chapel Hill man accused of trafficking cocaine, according to Maj. Gary Blakenship.

He said that sheriff's deputies and Chapel Hill police officers conducted an undercover operation and then arrested Gordon Joseph Keil, 42, and Jonathan Dirck Martin, 48, at their 136 Fallen Oak Lane home.

Investigators seized drugs worth an estimated $18,000, a H&K handgun and more than $5,000 in cash from the men's home, Blakenship said. The drugs seized included 118.9 grams of cocaine, 51 grams of marijuana, 4.4 grams of hashish, 103 units of alprazolam, 15 units of diazepam, three units of oxycodone and two marijuana plants.

Martin was charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony maintain a dwelling for controlled substances and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Along with three misdemeanor drug offenses, Keil was charged with eight felonies:

  • trafficking cocaine
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine
  • possession of cocaine
  • possession of marijuana
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana
  • possession of schedule IV controlled substance
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance
  • maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping/storing controlled substances

Keil was being held in the Chatham County jail under a $500,000 secured bond, and Martin under a $5,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in court Sept. 27.

State Department of Correction records show that Keil was given two sentences of probation for four misdemeanor drug convictions between February 2008 and December 2009.

Martin has drug-related convictions in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties dating to 1985 and had been serving probation for a June 2009 felony drug possession conviction, DOC records show. His convictions include trafficking cocaine and manufacturing drugs.


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  • mrman2a Sep 10, 2010

    Prison has become a resort to criminals,they have nothing to fear.Some people go there on purpose to keep from having to work.

  • DickHefner Sep 10, 2010

    We should just start giving folks like this a choice. Go to jail or leave the country forever. Leaving the country would save us a ton $, clear our jails and make our streets safer.
    Who do we need to talk to to get the ball rolling on this idea?

  • roaddog3 Sep 10, 2010

    And liberals think the system is working.

  • tjhiggs68 Sep 10, 2010

    "swat on the wrist" i dont have time for proper grammar, its not that serious!
    Probably the same hoodlums that supply the hoods, yet never get charged! Cant blame this one of Lil B.

  • redpecan222 Sep 10, 2010

    It is very sad... Orange County is full of drugs and crimes that coincide with them. All of the drug dealers in town you 99% are not residents. You see them coming in from Durham everyday.. some of them have locals they here to. They know that they are is a safe space in Orange county. The joke is that Orange County only prosecutes for child support and traffic violations.

  • HappyGirl08 Sep 10, 2010

    Who smiles in their mugshots? Seriously guys...you are in some trouble...

  • wildcat Sep 10, 2010

    Once in prison I can bet they both will not be smiling.

  • NCSU Sep 10, 2010

    wow a swat on the risk?

  • tjhiggs68 Sep 10, 2010

    hmmmmm, I bet their clients arent the under priviledged like many assume! They must have been supply all of Orange and Chatam..... Now let's see how much time they get.... Probably another swat on the risk and buttocks to come back and do it better.

  • Number1SRO Sep 10, 2010

    The town council of Chapel Hill is gonna "flip out" about this, they would rather not have the police force do any drug work then let the world know that there are drugs in that town. These arrests most likley wouldn't have happened if the Chatham County Sheriff's Office didn't help out.

    I would believe that since it was the Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office who made the arrest that the house was in Chatham County and not in the city limits of Chapel Hill.