Drugs, guns, criminals rounded up in Durham
Posted July 19, 2013
Durham, N.C. — A total of 132 people were arrested in a three-day push by several law enforcement agencies to crack down on criminal activity in Durham, state authorities announced Friday.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office and Durham Police Department coordinated the effort, called Operation Cancelled Flight, from July 15 to 18.
Officers and agents rounded up 34 probation absconders and 24 confirmed gang members during the operation and executed five search warrants.
“Operation Cancelled Flight is a prime example of the great work that can be accomplished through the collaboration of state, county and local law enforcement agencies,” Kieran Shanahan, secretary for the state Department of Public Safety, said in a statement. “This operation has increased the safety in Durham communities through the removal of drugs and firearms from the streets and the arrest of absconders and criminals from around the county. The success of this operation sends a strong message to criminals that we are aggressively pursuing lawbreakers.”
The operation also netted 46 felony charges, 85 misdemeanor charges, eight firearms, $7,320 in cash, more than 2 pounds of marijuana, 20 marijuana plants and various amounts of drugs, including crack, cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, methadone and Percocet.