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Drugs, guns, criminals rounded up in Durham

Posted July 19, 2013

— 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.

Crackdown in Durham nets 132 arrests Crackdown in Durham nets 132 arrests

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.


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  • TTDD Jul 23, 2013

    Ah! Right up there with Smithfield/Selma. At least in Selma we have the S.P.S. to protect us. Yeah right!

  • RustyDawg Jul 23, 2013

    "We need a new Sheriff, Taylor is more on the side of the felons than the citizens.

    At least you got your handle right, "sniper". You have no clue what you're talking about. That's a fact.

  • doggypoos Jul 22, 2013

    So are these criminals going to get the same treatment as Hairston did?

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 22, 2013

    I don't know anything about Michael Andrews. I liked Worth Hill but he did often bow to Democrats, but to retain such a position in Durham county it's something one has to do.

  • namelesssniper Jul 22, 2013

    Pardon me, I meant Andrews, I think of him as Opie.

  • namelesssniper Jul 22, 2013

    We need a new Sheriff, Taylor is more on the side of the felons than the citizens.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 22, 2013

    Thank you officers!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 22, 2013

    "46 felony charges and 85 misdemeanors = 131. If just one charge each (doubt it) the 132nd person should sue the pants off the highly coordinated "attack" in durham..."

    "attack"? What?

    Why, please do tell...

  • kbrianf Jul 22, 2013

    I'd like to see WRAL do a follow-up on this report to see how may of those rounded up are still in detention.

  • midnightclay Jul 19, 2013

    yay more wasted money in an attempt to keep drug addicts from taking drugs. When is this ridiculous, futile, expensive "war" going end???

    It's not about them taking drugs "Richard"
    It's what they do to get the money to buy the drugs.
    Keep up the good work and get the trash off the streets.