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Chapel Hill men charged with trafficking cocaine

Posted September 10, 2010 8:50 a.m. EDT

— Chatham County sheriff's deputies arrested two Chapel Hill man accused of trafficking cocaine, according to Maj. Gary Blakenship.

He said that sheriff's deputies and Chapel Hill police officers conducted an undercover operation and then arrested Gordon Joseph Keil, 42, and Jonathan Dirck Martin, 48, at their 136 Fallen Oak Lane home.

Investigators seized drugs worth an estimated $18,000, a H&K handgun and more than $5,000 in cash from the men's home, Blakenship said. The drugs seized included 118.9 grams of cocaine, 51 grams of marijuana, 4.4 grams of hashish, 103 units of alprazolam, 15 units of diazepam, three units of oxycodone and two marijuana plants.

Martin was charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony maintain a dwelling for controlled substances and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Along with three misdemeanor drug offenses, Keil was charged with eight felonies:

  • trafficking cocaine
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine
  • possession of cocaine
  • possession of marijuana
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana
  • possession of schedule IV controlled substance
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance
  • maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping/storing controlled substances

Keil was being held in the Chatham County jail under a $500,000 secured bond, and Martin under a $5,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in court Sept. 27.

State Department of Correction records show that Keil was given two sentences of probation for four misdemeanor drug convictions between February 2008 and December 2009.

Martin has drug-related convictions in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties dating to 1985 and had been serving probation for a June 2009 felony drug possession conviction, DOC records show. His convictions include trafficking cocaine and manufacturing drugs.