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Nine arrested in Durham drugs, weapons roundup

Posted April 22, 2012

— A four-month drugs and weapons investigation by the Durham County Sheriff's Office culminated this month in the arrests of nine people, including several known gang members, authorities said.

Investigators seized two illegal firearms, two vehicles, one gram of heroin, 43 grams of crack cocaine, 20 grams of marijuana and nearly $4,000 cash, the sheriff's office said Sunday. Ten search warrants were served over the course of the investigation.

The investigation targeted violent, repeat offenders, many of whom live in or frequent the Walltown area of north Durham, authorities said.

Jerry Lamont Powell, 30, and Caleb Cornelius Green, 32, were arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of drug possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute, as well as one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Seven other men were arrested on multiple drug charges:

  • Salaam Muhammad Adams III, 19, Brian Jones, 30, and John Benjamin Liles III, 42, were arrested Tuesday; 
  • Reginald Dale Cadlett, 29, Shaking Fisher, 33, and John Marcus Tarver, 23, were arrested Wednesday;
  • and Quinton Tyrell Lester, 24, was arrested April 2.

More arrests are likely, authorities said. The Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, Sheriff's Warrant Squad, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina National Guard Counter Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation.


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  • Disabled Vet Apr 23, 2012

    I bet they are all deacons in their church too.

  • paulawindley Apr 23, 2012

    They all look like outstanding, model citizens to me, what's wrong with you people, LOL!!

  • fishon Apr 23, 2012

    Quinton Tyrell Lester, 24, was arrested April 2.
    Wonder if he squealed on the others to make himself a deal.

  • Disabled Vet Apr 23, 2012

    Drugs & weapons in Durham! Say it ain't so!

  • aquamarine46 Apr 23, 2012

    But we aren't profiling, are we???

  • atheistswillserveinhell Apr 23, 2012

    9 down...soooo many more to go.

    keep up the great work

  • technetium9 Apr 23, 2012

    so you dont like my opinion ok: how many felons do you or your company employ? how many make over $10/hr? i would guess none. the problem is opportunity, no known solution, so the cycle continues. someone has to feed the criminal justice machine

  • Roy G Biv Apr 23, 2012

    Please, WRAL run a story on how and when he posted bail to be out getting caught again so soon. I would love to know what his initial bond was set as if it was reduced.

    carolinablueline - the story says he was arrested on April 2, which is the day he surrendered on the hit and run. They are just adding charges.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 23, 2012

    Why can't drug dealers get jobs like us, work 8 hours a day to pay the bills.

    Because they think doing illegal drugs and selling is an easy way of making money. Then they all wind up in prison. Wonder what they will think then?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 23, 2012

    Well that this nine, but there are many more drug pushers.