::83 Pounds Of Drugs Seized In Durham
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
DURHAM - In separate incidents, Durham Police announced that they seized over 83 pounds of illegal drugs including five pounds of black tar heroin, 58 pounds of marijuana, and another 20 pounds of cocaine in traffic stops in the past two weeks in the city.
The Durham Police say that the heroin bust was one of the largest heroin seizures in the department's history.
In the incident on Saturday, Durham says that an officer seized more than two kilograms of black tar heroin (equal to around 5.65 pounds) from three men in the parking lot of the Exxon convenience store at NC Highway 54 and Fayetteville Road in Durham near the Streets At Southpoint Mall.
According to the Durham Police, one kilogram of heroin is worth approximately $125,000 and can be "worth up to 10 times as much when it is broken down into separate bindles for street sales."
Police say that arrested in the incident were three men from several different states.
They were each charged with trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver.
Cerano was also charged with maintaining a vehicle for the use, sale or storage of a controlled substance.
On Monday May 7th, investigators stopped a vehicle on the Durham Freeway near Interstate 40 and confiscated 92.9 grams of black tar heroin and 58 pounds of marijuana, which police said had a street value of approximately $58,000.
Police investigators say they arrested Ana Alexandria Jorge-Garcia, age 29, of Courtney Lane in Raleigh and also Richard Alexander Minaya-Cortorcal. Police say they were both charged with trafficking in heroin and marijuana and as well as other felony drug charges.
On Saturday May 5th, members of the Durham Police Department's ICE Team, or Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team, said they seized more than seven kilos of cocaine during two traffic stops, arresting five people on various drug trafficking charges.
ICE Officer J.S. Tyler stopped a Lincoln Continental on May 4th on Hillsborough Road near U.S. 15-501 for a traffic violation.
He discovered 2.5 kilograms of cocaine which police say was worth approximately $65,000 in the car with two kilograms found in the luggage and an additional half of a kilogram in the possession of one of the passengers.
According to police, four people were arrested in the incident, who were each charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver. Coleman was charged with an additional count of drug possession.
Bond for one man was set at $1.2 million and bonds for the other men were set at $1 million each, says the Durham Police Department.
On Tuesday, May 1st Durham Police say that ICE Officer J.J. McDonough stopped a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu on Interstate 85 near Duke Street for a traffic violation.
Officers found approximately 5 kilos of cocaine, worth about $125,000, in the vehicle, says the department.
The driver, Kenneth E. Perry, age 54, of Middle Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia, was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the transportation of controlled substances, possession of cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $750,000, say police. ::