Durham police charge two with heroin trafficking, seize drug

From staff reportsAugust 20, 2013 

— Two Durham men were being held on $7.5 million bail each on Tuesday following their arrests on charges of heroin trafficking and possessing almost twice the amount needed to trigger the state’s top drug felony.

Durham police said they arrested Raymond Jeffrey Charles, 57, of Athens Avenue and Leslie Alan Skinner, 47, of Mimosa Street after stopping a car they were in early Monday at U.S. 70 and Cheek Road.

Police confiscated about 54 grams of heroin, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Any amount over 28 grams put the trafficking charge in the highest felony category, with a potential prison sentence of 225 to 282 months.

In addition to trafficking, Charles and Skinner were each charged with felony conspiracy, possession of the drug with the intent to make, sell or distribute it and maintaining a vehicle as a place to keep and sell drugs.

Skinner was also charged with cocaine possession and with possessing an illegal drug in a jail after police brought him to the Durham County Jail.

The arrests came three days after Raleigh police, working with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents, charged four people with heroin trafficking.

Two of the suspects in that case were from Paterson, N.J., and a search warrant in the case noted that law enforcement authorities have seen a New Jersey-North Carolina flow of heroin.

Detectives did not disclose the amount of heroin they seized, saying in arrest warrants only that it was more than 28 grams.

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