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Durham man facing more than a dozen drug charges after deputies receive civilian tip

Posted October 17, 2018 11:06 p.m. EDT

Empty police car from Durham County Sheriff's department outside of the Durham County Detention Facility. Photo taken August 17, 2018.

— A civilian tip about a drug trafficking and prostitution ring led to the arrest of a Durham County man Wednesday afternoon.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a complaint about prostitution at the Extended Stay Hotel on N.C. Highway 55 near Interstate 40 and began a surveillance operation at the hotel.

Deputies said they identified Marcel Antonio Williams, 29, as the person in charge of the operation and conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle at about 3 p.m.

During a search of Williams’ vehicle, deputies found 53 Adderall tablets, 10 Oxycodone tablets, 14 Xanax tablets, heroin, powder and crack cocaine, marijuana, Molly, crystal methamphetamine, suboxone, a Glock 9 mm handgun with laser attachment and a large amount of cash.

Williams was charged with trafficking by possession of heroin, trafficking by transport of heroin, trafficking by possession of cocaine, trafficking by transport of cocaine, nine counts of possession with intent to sell and distribute various drugs, maintaining a vehicle for the sale and storage of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Williams was being held at the Durham County Detention Center Wednesday night under $750,000 bond.