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Dozens charged following 3-month drug operation in Durham

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham Police and the Durham County District Attorney's Office recently completed a three-month drug market intervention operation, which resulted in arrest warrants for 21 people.

The undercover operation targeted street-level drug dealers and drug houses. Officers arrested violent offenders and those with a previous felony drug conviction.

Seven non-violent offenders with no prior felony drug convictions participated in a "call in" on Sept. 27 where they were put on notice. Those seven people were warned that if they get arrested on any felony or serious misdemeanor charge in the next year, the charges against them from the drug market intervention operation will be activated and they will be arrested. The charges from the operation will eventually be dropped if they do not get arrested for one year. In addition, the seven "call in" participants were directed to resources to help them with issues such as addiction, jobs and education.

"We realize that some people make poor choices but have not shown a substantial pattern of criminal activity. This organization sees value in offering them the opportunity to make a life change and avoid a felony charge that could impact their future," said Deputy Chief Larry C. Smith.

Investigators spent three months targeting specific areas and suspects, based on complaints from residents. During the operation, investigators served nine search warrants and confiscated cocaine, heroin, marijuana and pills.

Investigators made the following arrests:

  • Walter Anthony Arthur, 47, of Lakeland Street was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, two counts of sale of cocaine, two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of habitual felon
  • Randall Bass, 30, of Massey Avenue was arrested for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual felon and maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Darren Brooks-Cissell, 24, of Amanda Lynn Lane in Raleigh was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of heroin, delivery of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Joseph Dewayne Chavis, 28, of North Hyde Park Avenue was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual felon and maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs

  • Steven Lawrence Curtis, 34, of West Club Boulevard was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, two counts of sale of marijuana, two counts of delivery of marijuana and two counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • David Lee Harris, 41, of Bowen Street was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Brandeis Wayne Holman, 30, of Gurley Street was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Anthony Jones Jr., 38, of Northwood Circle was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual felon and maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Thelvis Jermaine Liggins, 40, of North Mangum Street was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual felon and maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Abdul Mohammad Murphy, 42, of Guess Road was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of drugs and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Dwight Adarryl Pettiford, 40, of Cisco Street was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Darrell Lashare Singleton, 35, of Kirkwood Drive was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of heroin, delivery of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Brian Allen Thornton, 37, of Singing Woods Place was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of heroin, delivery of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs and habitual felon

Warrants have been issued on the following people who are not in custody at this time:

  • Ronald Anthony Brothers, 45, of Stokes Street is wanted for two counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, two counts of sale of cocaine, two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of controlled substances
  • Jivon Terrence Cherry, 30, of Berkeley Street is wanted for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual felon and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Michael Christopher Clark, 27, of Nation Avenue is wanted for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Marcus Leon Clay, 22, of Lakeland Street is wanted for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Kent Christopher James, 42, of Edgemont Lane is wanted for possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of marijuana, delivery of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Patricia Ann Leake, 65, of East Umstead Street is wanted for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of drugs
  • Timothy Poole, 52, of Red Sunset Lane is wanted for two counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, two counts of sale of cocaine, two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of habitual felon, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of drugs
  • Lateef Akeem Stokes, 27, of Lee Street is wanted for two counts of conspiracy
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