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Drug, prostitution operations net 41 arrests in Durham

Posted September 17, 2014

Durham Police Department
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— More than 225 pounds of marijuana, 162 grams of heroin, 49 grams of cocaine, $160,000 in cash, three handguns and other items were seized in drug and prostitution operations by Durham police that also netted 41 arrests, the department announced Wednesday.

One effort was "Operation Bull City Intercept," which was conducted by Durham police and 10 other law enforcement agencies last week to focus on illegal drug trafficking through Durham. 

The following arrests were made:

  • Damone Lindsey, 26, and Maxwell Reed, 31, both of Hampton, Va., were stopped on Interstate 85 South near Hillandale Road. Both were charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon and simple possession of marijuana. A third person in the vehicle – Kimberly Pitts, 24, of Newport News, Va. – was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and simple possession of marijuana. Officers confiscated marijuana, cash and a .40-caliber handgun.
  • Parrish Bruton, 47, of Willow Creek, Calif., was stopped on Interstate 85 near N.C. Highway 147 and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of controlled substances. Officers confiscated marijuana and cash.
  • Ousman Sonko, 27, of Raleigh, was stopped on Interstate 85 near Cole Mill Road and arrested on multiple fraud charges. Officers confiscated numerous gift cards, a card reader/writer, a laptop and multiple cell phones. Sonko is also being held on an immigration detainer.
  • Carlos Marte, 25, Miguel Vergara Jr., 26, and Claudio G. Mejias, 30, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jackeline Pagan, 37, of Bronx, N.Y., were stopped on Interstate 85 near Cole Mill Road. All were charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine, conspiring to traffic controlled substances and possession of heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver. Officers confiscated 162.8 grams of heroin and 49.2 grams of cocaine.
  • Miguela Figueroa, 53, and Vivian Otero, 53, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., were stopped on Interstate 85 near Sparger Road and charged with two counts of trafficking marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, felony conspiracy and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of controlled substances. Investigators recovered 225 pounds of marijuana and cash.
  • Chad Holden, 28, of Wake Forest, was arrested on Avondale Drive and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Antonio Holloway, 25, of Durham, was stopped on Interstate 85 and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. Officers recovered a 9-millimeter handgun.
  • Christian Diaz, 18, of Huntersville, was arrested on Interstate 85 near Cole Mill Road and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver. Officers confiscated cash and marijuana.

Investigators also announced arrests in other drug and prostitution operations:

  • Michael Myatt, 54, and Billy Johnson, 53, both of Durham, were arrested after a long-term operation and charged with numerous felony drug charges, including heroin trafficking.
  • In a prostitution sting operation, five women and six men were arrested and charged with solicitation for prostitution. Arrests were made in the areas of Holloway Street and North Hyde Park Avenue, Liberty Street and Railroad Street, Railroad Street and Eva Street, the 600 block of Driver Street, Holloway Street and Guthrie Avenue, Alston Avenue and Gilbert Street, Angier Avenue and North Hyde Park Avenue, the 2100 block of Angier Avenue, Alston Avenue and Wall Street and Linwood Avenue and Colfax Street.
  • Fourteen people were arrested during a buy-bust drug operation and charged with a total of 36 felonies and four misdemeanors. Officers confiscated crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, marijuana and methadone during the operation. Arrests were made in the areas of the 2800 block of Crest Street, the 1100 block of Lowry Avenue, the 1000 block of Sherwood Drive, Angier Avenue and Elm Street, the 2100 block of Broad Street, the 900 block of East Main Street, the 900 block of Waring Street, the 3700 block of Wiggins Street and the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Wabash Street.
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  • disgusted2010 Sep 18, 2014

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    OK then, when you have no argument/discussion then play the race card.

    Based on your rambling rant I would assume you need little reason to distrust police. Liberals want laws they like enforced and those they don't they want the police to turn their heads.

  • ianeyre Sep 18, 2014

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    I think you may be the one needing a clue. The vast majority of the numbers quoted in this article are from two busts of guys with hispanic names from New York. This shows two things: First, immigration is not even an issue here because 'gasp' not everyone with a hispanic name immigrated illegally, and Second, most of these arrests were pointless and didn't protect anyone from anything, unless your goal is to keep people who aren't WASPS from assimilating, as you claim to want them to do. Arresting people for minor offenses after pulling them over for an even minor more offense because they looked 'suspicious' is just going to breed mistrust of the police.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 18, 2014

    One more example of people illegally immigrating to the US and having NO intention of assimilating into our culture. AND another example of clueless liberals, like the Durham "leadership," pandering to them and wanting law enforcement not to enforce laws that are different from the countries they illegally came from.

    Looks like the police in Durham would be more efficient by arresting and having the feds deport those who bring in drugs and keep the prostitutes in business. Would not totally fix the problem but it would reduce it exponentially.

  • Bullcity34 Sep 18, 2014

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    No I agree any drug abuse is a problem I don't care what it is. It's still illegal to abuse any drug in a manner that is hurtful. It's an epidemic and must be stopped.

  • Bullcity34 Sep 18, 2014

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    Don't ever call me a lib!

  • Bullcity34 Sep 18, 2014

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    So drugs should be legal even thoughost 99% of murders rapes, burglary, robbery, suicide, assault, gang violence is linked to drugs? Why do you think gang violence is so high? Turf war? No, use that lib brain of yours, it's drugs and money. It's always drugs and money. Have you listened to rap music! You're way out of touch with reality. You want to know who the victims are? Go talk to someone who has been robbed or raped, or had a loved one killed for 5 bucks. You're a disgrace and should be ashamed for saying such nonsense

  • disgusted2010 Sep 18, 2014

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    Perhaps a course in civics is in order. One more example of a failed educational system. I would posit that eight out of ten people in this country today have no idea why government exists and from you post you would fall into that category.

  • heard-it-all-before Sep 18, 2014

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    point i'm making is the mexican drug cartel. i was talking about the individuals charged with massive quantities, not simple little possession users. so look at that list again, and then go back to burying your head in the sand.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 18, 2014

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    Society (the collective of citizens) is the victim.

  • Brian Jenkins Sep 18, 2014

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    Do you think doctors and pharmacist should be in jail? Or do you only support the drugs that go through the government and corporations that kill and get people addicted at a higher rate? Hydrocodone? Oxycontin? Methadone? Oxycodone? Xanax? Adderall? Your war on drugs is an absolute failure. Your libs are embarrassing.

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