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Heroin Bust in Durham Takes 2 Kilos off Streets

Posted May 14, 2007

— Durham police said Monday that they charged a Texas man and two from Michigan with having two kilograms of heroin that could have been worth more than $2 million if it had reached street sales.

The seizure from a car that the men had driven to a Fayetteville Road convenience store just off Interstate 40 on Friday was one of the largest the department has ever made, officials said.

Investigators charged Arturo Salinas Rivera, 38, of Dallas; Esteban Rivera Martinez, 35, of Pontiac, Mich., and Alberto Tellez Cerano, 21, of Shelby Township, Mich., with trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to traffic and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver. Cerano was charged with maintaining a vehicle for drug use, too, police said.

May 7, police said, investigators had stopped a car on the Durham Freeway near I-40 and seized heroin and 58 pounds of marijuana.

Both arrests involved black tar heroin, police said.


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  • jim2dart May 15, 2007

    much welcomed good news from the bull city

  • grayfox2 May 15, 2007

    Welcome to the USA. The land of opportunity.

  • str8thuggin May 15, 2007

    Yukon has a point, if they were cheap people would just o.d. and that would be the end.

  • refiman May 15, 2007

    Fantastic, another story of illegals enriching our lives. Again, Thanks for coming to our country. we were deficient in heroin. Again, thanks for taking the boredum out of our lives and providing us with a juicy news story. we are glad you broke into our country, and brought your drugs with you.

  • yukonjohn3 May 15, 2007

    MsLisa, First, you are not going to stop the drug trade. Second, The money made by the govt. with legalization can go for education just like with cigarettes (the worst drug) Thirdly, the reason crime is so bad with drugs, it is because of the need for money to buy them, if they are almost free, that crime will diminish rapidly as well. Fourthly, If we sell it out of a clinic or liquor store, we can regulate WHO buys it. Think about it.

  • mslisac363 May 15, 2007

    What are we going to do with the money "fl2nc2ca2md2nc"? Open up a crack school to teach them how to business people? Some people are so simple! People that use crack steal, and will hurt people for a high and people say make drugs legal.

  • Sick of Thugs May 15, 2007

    Good job to the Durham Police Officers that made this bust. Keep it up!

  • PlayingTHEAngles May 15, 2007

    voddiecoop-"There are a group of people right now in some multi-million dollar home with a fleet of luxury cars in the drive way thinking 'where the heck is our entertainment for the night!'." Now i am no druggie but to be honest with you i don't think that that herion is going to the rich people. If you have seen the movie Trainspotting you will know what i mean. Most of the time that stuff jsut sucks up your money and you have to start to steal to pay for the habbit. See what i mean it is a vicious cycle.

  • Durham-Raleigh May 15, 2007

    One thing I'd note: all these folks were from outside of Durham. Because Durham has a major N/S interstate (I-85) running right through it, it's a big catch-point for seizing drugs passing through. The "ICE" team that handles interstate enforcement has made a number of big seizes near I-85/I-40 recently -- nice work.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 15, 2007

    YukonJohn you're right. I wish it weren't so but it really is; I came to same conclusion a few years back. We've been at this for 40+ years and the associated crime just gets worse. The war on drugs is not working, better the government (and it is so hard for me to say this! ;-) ) get the revenue than the dealers. At least, like you said, we can spend some of it on education and treatment.