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Durham deputies seize drugs, guns, body armor from apartment

Posted February 2

A Durham man was charged last week after sheriff's deputies seized more than 500 grams of marijuana, two guns, body armor and $4,700 in cash from his Village Circle Way apartment.
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— A Durham man was charged last week after sheriff's deputies seized more than 500 grams of marijuana, two guns, body armor and $4,700 in cash from his Village Circle Way apartment.

William Keith Waters, 33, was charged with five counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule VI substance, four counts of selling and delivering a Schedule VI substance, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and three counts of maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities served a search warrant at Waters' apartment on Thursday after receiving an anonymous tip. They took 583 grams of marijuana, a .45-caliber handgun, 9MM pistol, ballistic vest and $4,713.

Waters was taken to the Durham County jail, where he posted bond and was released.

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  • Robyn Page Feb 3, 2016
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    Yes it is supposedly illegal to sell or transfer a handgun in a private transaction to a person who hasn't obtained a pistol permit. There is no requirement other that just seeing the permit in a private transaction. You are not required to keep any records of the sale. None of that applies to long guns and there is no requirement for any of the above in private family transfers. All of this, along with weapons being stolen does not inspire confidence that the seized weapons will remain off the street. There may be laws - but there are a lot of people who do not follow laws on a daily basis.

    On a side note, what is you obsession with me taking a seat? Do you have a verbal tic of some sort? If so, my condolences on your disability.

  • Arney Norris Feb 2, 2016
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    Exactly! Tell it like it is! I too am so tired of this "no laws in place" so we need to make new laws to cover this "loophole"! They really don't know what the are talking about. And on top of that there is accountability already because if you sell one you have to keep the info from the transfer ie: name and info for 10 years. But yep, we live in a world where they like that feel good message from their king and all is well.

  • Tyrone Biggum Feb 2, 2016
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    More false rhetoric.

    By law, it is illegal to sell or transfer a handgun in a private transaction to a person who hasn't obtained a pistol permit (through background checks done by their county's sheriff dept, and subsequently, the SBI).

    Further, private sales of long-guns are subject to federal and state purchasing prohibitions and regulations (can't be a minor, felon, etc).

    Anymore bs you want to spew today? Again, have a seat.

    http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bysection/chapter_14/gs_14-402.html

  • Robyn Page Feb 2, 2016
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    Nothing stops those 'legal gun owners' that bought recycled seized arms from passing those weapons along to whomever they want with no checks or records. There is no effective regulation of the secondary market by design.

  • Tyrone Biggum Feb 2, 2016
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    You don't understand why police "waste their time"? You've completely ignored the fact that along with drug activity come other violent crimes that put the general public at risk. While smoking weed might be, in your eyes, a victim-less crime, you're not taking into account all the other illegal and gang activity that goes hand in hand with drug dealing and hustling.

  • Rob Creekmore Feb 2, 2016
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    This man is obviously a drug dealer. I'd like to see folks like him put out of business through a well regulated system of legalization. He doesn't care if his product is tainted or about people with cancer who may need medication. All he cares about is a quick buck. Once cannabis is legalized, he'll move onto another get rich scheme.

  • William James Feb 2, 2016
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    Honestly, they are bragging about catching a low level marijuana dealer, a substance relatively harmless, most have tired, and even being legalized in a dozen states. Also, they didn't charge him with illegal possession of a firearm, implying they were perhaps legally owned. Just saying, this is a petty arrest that will cost the taxpayers $40K a yr to keep him in prison and label him a felon for life, and for what? I honestly don't understand why the police waste their time.

  • Tyrone Biggum Feb 2, 2016
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    Wrong. Do you have any clue why Save the Gun was put into place or do you just make it a habit to blindly and ignorantly regurgitate liberal rhetoric?

    The law was put into place to give law enforcement agencies the opportunity to sell or donate the firearms to federally licensed gun dealers to be resold to legal gun owners who passed the required background checks. If the firearm is inoperable or missing the serial number, they are destroyed.

    This program effectively take illegally-owned firearms off the street and recycles them to legal gun owners.

    Take a seat.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 2, 2016
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    He posted bond, and was released. .... what are the chances that we've heard the last from this guy? Zero? Yup, that's what I'm thinking. Hope the anonymous tipster stays anonymous.

  • Robyn Page Feb 2, 2016
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    The 'Save the Gun' law passed back in 2013 by our state Republican government pretty much guarantees that those guns won't stay off the streets or reduce gun violence. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S443v5.pdf

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