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Former Durham officer indicted on drug, weapon charges

Posted January 28, 2010
Updated January 29, 2010

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— A federal grand jury has indicted a former Durham police officer on drug and weapons charges.

Sherrod Peace, 35, who resigned from the Durham Police Department at the end of December, was indicted Wednesday on charges he distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine on Dec. 21 and that he possessed a .45-caliber handgun during the alleged incident.

Federal authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, and he was arrested on Friday morning. He was scheduled to have a first court appearance the same day.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said in a statement released late Thursday that he received a complaint in early October that Peace was involved in illegal activities, and the department immediately started both a criminal and an internal investigation.

The criminal investigation was conducted by Durham police with assistance from a federal Drug Enforcement Administration task force, he said.

“We take any allegation of misconduct by our employees very seriously and thoroughly investigate all complaints. Law enforcement officers take an oath to serve and protect the community, and we must be held to a high standard,” Lopez said.

Peace joined the department in 2003 and was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau. He was a defensive lineman for the UNC football team in 1998 and 1999.

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  • gandalla Jan 29, 2010

    99.5% of all officers do not support nor condone this one officer's actions. I'm sure that at Burger King you have co-workers that do things outside of the rules and regulations but does that mean I'm going to bash all workers and go to Wendy's? Of course not, now take a pill.
    PrivateCitizeninRTP

    99.5% of officers are good huh. So let me ask you this why is it when you hear about some sort of police corruption once the investigation is completed it turns out that other officers participated in the actions and other officers knew about it and did nothing?
    Just wait and see you dont really think a DEA task force was going to go after an officer over 5 grams. The DEA only messes with big cases.

  • bnice1984 Jan 29, 2010

    them UNCers are always up to no good

  • PrivateCitizeninRTP Jan 29, 2010

    Gondola or whatever, allow me to retort. First of all, if you knew what you were talking about you would know that its not the FBI conducting an investigation, its a DEA task force. Since you can't even get that right, its obvious that the remainder of your statement is ridiculous and without basis. Further, if you knew anything about "evidence room" procedures you would know that NOTHING is leaving there without anything short of a pint of blood and a court order so it would be easier to rob a bank than steal from evidence. And "robbing local dealers"?? Really? Admit it, you are somebody that has been arrested and thinks that "the man" is out to get you so you relish in any officer getting into trouble. 99.5% of all officers do not support nor condone this one officer's actions. I'm sure that at Burger King you have co-workers that do things outside of the rules and regulations but does that mean I'm going to bash all workers and go to Wendy's? Of course not, now take a pill.

  • bellabellamarie Jan 29, 2010

    I'm so glad you are so confident that nothing "bad" will ever happen to you and that you will never make a mistake...and that the same applies to your family members. Good for you. But when the time comes that you should need help and/or support, I want you to know that there are people like me out there that would be willing to give you and chance and try to help you, rather than stand in judgement.

  • wildcat Jan 29, 2010

    Being a formal cop, it is going to be very hard on him in prison, regardless which one he goes to.

  • wildcat Jan 29, 2010

    the misguided

    Was he misguided in being a cop? Then he certainly should never been allowed to be a cop.

  • wildcat Jan 29, 2010

    We are human beings first, and your first duty is to HELP those around you, and that includes the misguided...
    bellabellamarie

    Somewhat true........but is it OK for an officer to committ an illegal crime. Maybe you are misguided. Please reread the story or have it read to you again for clear understanding.

  • wildcat Jan 29, 2010

    part of the problem with the Durham PD, where is the brethern

    Honey, lets not make this a race issue. Your friend committed an illegal crime even being a cop made it a disgrace. He deserves what he gets. So stop making these silly excuses. Thanks!

  • wildcat Jan 29, 2010

    I understand that IF he is guilty

    All that long comment and you realize he is surely guilty as sin. Glad you woke up on that one. Hey, you can visit him and write him while he is in prison. He would love that. If you are a loyal friend or family you would do just that. GUILTY GUILTY 30 years in prison. We all expect the best our of police officers not them committing illegal crime. They know the law.

  • wildcat Jan 29, 2010

    I am just wondering how many of his many family and friends knew the illegal crime he was doing and never reported him. What are they thinking now? It was not surprised to them.

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