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Deputies seize 20,000 prescription pills, stolen guns from Durham home; 22-year-old sought

Posted March 13, 2014

Denzel Kewon Poole

— The Durham County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help to locate a 22-year-old man wanted for the possession of more than 20,000 prescription pills and at least three stolen firearms.

Investigators went to a home in the 2700 block of Hinson Drive Thursday searching for Denzel Kewon Poole, who is also a suspect in several Senoia, Ga., pharmacy burglaries.

Poole was not in the home, but Durham County deputies found and seized several firearms, more than 13,000 hydrocodone pills, $10,000 in cash and $4,000 of counterfeit money. Deputies also found more than 400 morphine pills, hundreds of clonazepam and codeine pills and thousands of other non-narcotic prescription pills. 

The estimated street value of the narcotics is $200,000, authorities said.

Stolen firearms in the home included an AR-15 rifle reported stolen in Statesville, a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol reported stolen in Orange County and a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver reported stolen in Durham. 

Poole has been charged in Durham County with possession of a stolen firearm, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing, selling or delivering a controlled substance, trafficking opium or heroin and multiple charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information about Poole's whereabouts should call the Durham County Sheriff's Office crime tip line at 919-560-7151 or Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Phyxius1 Mar 13, 2014

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    If this had been in Cary all you would read in the comments is about the awesome job the Cary PD is doing. Just like you read on all the other stories of arrests of any kind in Cary..Anywhere else and its because the county is so bad and so are all the people. It still falls behind the shooting and stabbing stories in other counties than Durham today.

  • Sandra Phillips Mar 13, 2014
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    Who has that many pills at once????

  • sunshine1040 Mar 13, 2014

    And yet some folks that are in pain are told you need to see a pain specialist to get the meds to control their. pain because of this good son . Sorry but those of you on medicad do you have any idea what that Doctor visit cost or how many many hours you need to take off your job to keep a 9:00 AM appointment. Even if Doctor only 15 min form home or work count on 3 hours because doctor is running behind and your time is not important

  • 68_dodge_polara Mar 13, 2014

    And in Cary the big crime of the day is some lady posting a 10 inch sign in her yard.

  • Chase Truman Mar 13, 2014
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    This guy had more than 20,000 prescriptions pills and the police are estimating the street value to be around $200,000?? Wrong! OC's can be sold for way more than $10 a pill. They should double or triple that amount, depending on the strength of the pills.

  • Olenc Native Mar 13, 2014
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    These 20,000 pills are enough to overdose easily 1,000 people.

    That couple with 2 pounds of weed and all those edibles could not kill even a single person.

    So why is weed illegal and these pills are legal with a prescription?

  • KnowsItAll Mar 13, 2014

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    "Nope, what you do is remove users, distributors, growers, transporters, sellers.."

    I agree, but that's going to be a huge blow to NC's economy. That's a lot of tobacco farmers, convenience store workers, cigarette smokers, and Phillip Morris execs being executed.

    I don't think your proposal is going to go over very well in the state that produces the 2nd highest amount of America's most lethal drug.

    But it's a start.

  • NCishome Mar 13, 2014

    22yrs old...dealing in breakins...drugs...guns...

    Sad that some of our youth feel the need to take part in such activities.

  • Inter Alios Mar 13, 2014

    With the number of opium based pills found, he would receive about the same time in prison as someone convicted of 2d degree murder. And when he's finished with that, Ga. will be waiting in the wings for the pharmacy robberies. If he is also a convicted felon, the Feds may well be interested in him too. Just hope the Durham PD didn't screw up the search.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS Mar 13, 2014

    We should legalize prescription drugs, oh wait...