Durham, N.C. — Durham County sheriff's investigators arrested a 23-year-old Durham man Thursday and charged him with numerous drug felonies, including trafficking heroin.
The investigation began several weeks ago, sheriff's officials said, after they received a tip that Richard Lee Cates Jr., of 1221 N. Mineral Springs Road, was manufacturing and distributing several types of drugs, including heroin and marijuana.
The sheriff's anti-crime and narcotics unit got a search warrant for Cates' house Thursday and seized several weapons and about $1,000 worth of drugs, including:
- Two .45-caliber pistols and one 9mm-caliber pistol
- 6 grams of heroin
- 10 grams of marijuana
- Numerous Xanax pills
Cates was being held in the Durham County jail under a $150,000 bond on the following charges:
- Heroin trafficking
- Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin
- Intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a Schedule IV substance (Xanax)
- Manufacturing marijuana
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Anyone with additional information about this investigation or other drug-related criminal activity in Durham County is asked to call the sheriff’s anonymous crime tip line at 919-560-0940.