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Ten people arrested in Raleigh cocaine bust

Posted March 15, 2009

— Ten people charged with trafficking more than 400 grams of cocaine were being held Sunday at the Wake County Jail.

The suspects were identified in arrest warrants as Ruby Narita Lang, 19, of Raleigh; Tiffany Elaine McKoy, 19, of Raleigh; Owen Renardo Bowen, 25, of Raleigh; Andrew Peart, 34, of Raleigh; Louis Rivera, 49, of Raleigh; Chantango Rashun Banks, 28, of Raleigh; Donnell Demeatris Stanford, 23, of Knightdale; Tawana Andrea Lang, 23, of Miami; Michael Kenroy Bell, 32, of Miami; and Aivonyi Ihovavi Okatahi, 24, of Miami.

Bail for the suspects was set early Sunday at $3 million each. They were arrested Saturday during a bust.


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  • tab580642 Mar 16, 2009

    coolwill, we need to get rid of these rogue magistrates who are allowed to dole-out punishment in the way of high bails instead of bails that are reasonable and inline with the crime that a person is accused of. They are suppose to use the criminal records of the accused and the flight risk probability as a way to set the bail amounts, but many of these people use the way the wind blows in setting bail amounts. I think that it's safe to say that some of the people arrested in this case are much less of a threat to the community, less of a flight risk, less of a criminal record, etc. the some others so why were all the bails the same?? Allowing judges, magistrates, and law enforcement so much freedom to treat this person one way & treat the other another way for the same crime hoping that they will be fair only leaves the door open for mistreatment of people they have an issue with for one reason or another.

  • coolwill Mar 16, 2009

    Let’s see if I understand the law, if I am in the country illegally and hit and kills some one with my car then get out then look at the victim, then get back into the car and drive away, abandon the car, all I can expected to get is an 8 thousand dollar bail adjusted up slightly because of my other cases of failure to appear. But if I along with ten other people have a total of 400gm of cocaine that probably came in the country illegally I may get a bail of 3 million dollar, maybe because I am a US citizen. We need a new governor

  • tab580642 Mar 16, 2009

    witmasta and other, we need to look at this thing for what it is. Nobody put's a gun to a person's head and makes them use drugs. The way I see it is that if you take that plunge it's your own fault. Ain't no need in blaming the dealer or anyone else. Why is that you witmasta & others who think like you never feel nor say anything about how equally distructive alcohol is to families?? Cigarettes & alcohol kill more people in a year than illegal drugs do in 5 years. This stupid "war" has been going on for over 30 years and what have we gained?? Nothing!! Let's use a little bit of common sense people. Some of you people go on and on about people taking personal responsibility, yet you want to blame someone else for a person chosing to use drugs & the fallout that comes with it?? If one sell's it to kid then they should be locked away for life, but an adult should know what they're getting themselves into.

  • DowntownGirl Mar 16, 2009

    "If it is legalized people will continue to drop dead and even if they live the drug is terribly addictive."

    Are you talking about alcohol or tobacco? Oh, wait, you're talking about cocaine. While this is true and it is very sad what cocaine can do to people, do you seriously think this is why it's illegal? Legalize it, tax it and watch the turf wars go down.

  • tab580642 Mar 16, 2009

    They are all black which is one of the reasons why I believe that their bails are so unreasonably high. I know I'm going to get blasted for saying this, but were these white folk their bails would be $20,000 dollars each, if that. I'm sorry but it's very clear that this magistrate abused his authority and I hope like hell that no matter what color you are you can agree. Tiffany maybe the next time you get caught speeding maybe you should get a ticket for $10,000 since you think it's ok to be excessively penalized. Regardless of their levels of education, their lack of employment, etc. they should not be mistreated. Tiffany their are a lot of people out of work now, so if we are to use your logic when they break the law they should have excessive bails to "ensure that they stay put." How idiotic! They haven't been convicted of anything yet, but they are being punished as if they have been. Give them a reasonable bail that is consistant with the crime they are accused of committing.

  • sayitoutloud Mar 16, 2009

    I know a few out in Harnett county that I would like to see arrested.

  • monkeyboy Mar 16, 2009

    "Chantango Rashun "

    seriously?? wow. well, you slap a name like that on a kid, you may as well figure out when visiting times at the jail are. this guy had no chance...

  • tab580642 Mar 16, 2009

    My God!!! I've seen people with terrible prior criminal records charged with things way more serious receive bails way less than this. This is not only excessive, but it seems that this majestrate had another agenda. This is why people complain that judges & law enforcement have way too much discretion. I didn't read where they found 10 automatic weapons, kidnapped kids, or anything other than 400 grams of coke. Anyone who thinks that this amount of bail is fair is just plain ole stupid. I think drunk drivers are more dangerous than people dealing and using drugs. At least one people die in the drug game it's because they were involved in one way or nother as oppose to innocent peopld being killed by drunk drivers. We could say the same about smokers harming people with second-hand smoke. The "War on Drugs" is stupid & unproductive. I say legalize, tax, & offer treatment to those who want it. Locking grown people up for selling & using drugs makes no sense.

  • souljp1 Mar 16, 2009

    I am convinced the reason all or most drugs are illegal is because more politicians are in it(profitability) more then we realize.. It's a win win situation for them. Think about it has any one in high levels of the drug trade ever been caught? No, at least not any big time Americans only the ones from Latin America. We would be so surprise to learn who the big time players are, and I would bet they head some fortune 500 companies as well as some of the big name drug companies in bed with the U.S. government.... But we are so dumb here we want to believe it's the low man and the Hoods.....

  • Tiffany2007 Mar 16, 2009

    3 Million is to ensure they stay put. Why let them out, so they can be arrested again. Maybe we will get to see their pics the next time. No school, no job....they shouldn't mind working people feeding and housing them for a while.