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93-year-old Man Charged With Trafficking Cocaine

Posted August 24, 2007
Updated August 25, 2007

— A 93-year-old Durham man charged with cocaine-trafficking was released on bond Friday, a day after police raids netted three other people on charges of possessing heroine, opium and a slew of prescription drugs.

Police raided two apartments, and the Special Operations Division conducted an undercover operation on Thursday, police said.

Investigators arrested William C. Tinnen, 93, after raiding his house at 204 Teel Street. Officers also confiscated three firearms from the house.

Tinnen faces additional charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of drugs. He was released from jail Friday after meeting a $200,000 bond, said Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department.

Tinnen was given a suspended sentence for cocaine possession in 2001, Michael said.

Police arrested a mother and son for trafficking heroin or opium after raiding their apartment at 1113-B Gurley Street. Officers also found cocaine and a number of prescription drugs, including Percocet, Oxycodone and Vicodon, in the apartment.

Ryheme McLaurin, 25, and Doris Faye McLaurin, 52, are also charged with maintaining a dwelling for the sale of drugs and other felony drug offenses.

An undercover operation resulted in the arrest of Francisco Morales Medina, 38, of Ellis Road, on methamphetamine trafficking charges. Police confiscated 11 grams of cocaine, 70 grams of methamphetamine and a Ford pick-up truck during Medina's arrest.

Investigators said dealing of methamphetamine has been relatively rare in Durham.

Medina faces two charges of with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and methamphetamine with the intent to sell or deliver, maintaining a vehicle for the sale and delivery of drugs and sale and delivery of methamphetamine.


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  • shecares Aug 26, 2007

    93........SAD.......SAD.....SAD. Life has such good things to offer us and it is SAD all you get out of it is a SAD one. GOD BLESS you sir. I think you and your friends surely need HIM.

  • Ouroboros Aug 26, 2007

    So, ancient Egyptian mummies CAN come to life. You go grandpa!
    Go straight to jail. Do not pass GO and there will be no $200 collection on your part!

  • teach Aug 26, 2007

    Pathetic! Absolutely pathetic. Age is not a factor with serious addictions. Makes you wonder what's behind this guy's life. All kinds of scenarios come to mind. Is it just another fact of life? Whose life is it a fact of, if not all of ours. Takes a village to raise an idiot like this guy. 93 years of what? For what? Does it matter even to him? I mean, get that quick fix. Quick before you die. Most crack heads wonder if they'll live to be 23. But this guy? Serious dealers don't use their own product. Serious dealers use guys like this for their own exploits. Follow the trail. FOLLOW THE TRAIL and pick up the real thugs.

  • lizard Aug 26, 2007

    Looks like a poster child for the Democratic Party - "Please help this man get health insurance, the republicans are trying to starve him" LOL

    Man posted (or paid a bondsman to post) a $200 K bond. I can't do that after working 34 yrs!

    Wonder if he's on any gov't programs?

  • carolinahome Aug 26, 2007

    ummmmm.....i cant help but noticing that he is wearing a jacket. is it not a blazing summer?

  • trac75 Aug 26, 2007

    Addiction, poverty (thinking of piddly social security benefits), or plain ol' lifelong laziness....whatever the reason it truly is sad that people waste their lives on such destructive pursuits.

  • dougalu Aug 26, 2007

    He looks like he snorted a rock...

  • momofthreeinFV Aug 25, 2007

    Leave the old man alone. He was just trying to make a living! lol

  • jotoho99 Aug 25, 2007

    93 and can post a 200.000 thousand dallor bond I can't wait for retirement if it pays that kind of money

  • uknomepopo Aug 25, 2007

    why didn't he like..make a run for it?