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Search for Durham sex offender yields drugs, guns

Posted April 9

From left: Tavarse Jaye Watkins, William Edward Ogletree, Sharmae Brannon

— Durham sheriff’s deputies went searching for a wanted sex offender Tuesday and found him – along with a stash of drugs.

Deputies went to 2112 Concord St. about 10 a.m. looking for William Edward Ogletree, 38, who had warrants for failing to register as a sex offender. Deputies said they smelled “an overwhelming odor” of marijuana as they approached the residence.

Inside, they found 3.5 pounds of marijuana, 12 prescription morphine pills, nearly 9 grams of cocaine, a stolen .22-caliber revolver, a .45-caliber Springfield 1911 semiautomatic pistol, an airsoft pistol and nearly $1,300.

Ogletree was charged with:

  • Two counts of failing to register as a sex offender
  • Possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling, delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Sex offender using a commercial social networking site
  • Sex offender residing within 1,000 feet of a school

He was held in the Durham County jail under a $25,000 bond.

Two others in the home were also charged. Tavarse Jaye Watkins, 31, of the 1000 block of Cotton Farm Road in Fuquay-Varina, was charged with:

  • Possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture marijuana
  • Possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture cocaine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a stolen firearm
  • Two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

He was held under a $130,000 bond.

Sharmae Brannon, 28, who lives at the residence, was charged with:

  • Possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling, delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance

She was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

North Carolina Central University police assisted in the investigation.
 

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  • dyhardmetfan Apr 9, 3:14 p.m.

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