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Durham man accused of trafficking heroin

Posted March 1, 2013 3:27 p.m. EST

— Durham County sheriff's investigators arrested a 23-year-old Durham man Thursday and charged him with numerous drug felonies, including trafficking heroin.

The investigation began several weeks ago, sheriff's officials said, after they received a tip that Richard Lee Cates Jr., of 1221 N. Mineral Springs Road, was manufacturing and distributing several types of drugs, including heroin and marijuana.

The sheriff's anti-crime and narcotics unit got a search warrant for Cates' house Thursday and seized several weapons and about $1,000 worth of drugs, including:

  • Two .45-caliber pistols and one 9mm-caliber pistol
  • 6 grams of heroin
  • 10 grams of marijuana
  • Numerous Xanax pills

Cates was being held in the Durham County jail under a $150,000 bond on the following charges:

  • Heroin trafficking
  • Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin
  • Intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a Schedule IV substance (Xanax)
  • Manufacturing marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Anyone with additional information about this investigation or other drug-related criminal activity in Durham County is asked to call the sheriff’s anonymous crime tip line at 919-560-0940.