Police say drug raid nets cocaine, of marijuana at Durham home

From staff reportsOctober 30, 2013 

— Police, Durham County sheriff's deputies and federal agents raided a Durham man's home Monday night, arrested him on several drug charges and seized more than a pound of cocaine and 2.37 pounds of marijuana.

Mark M. Ford, 32, was at his home at 7004 Calais Drive when the officers and agents went there, and he was being held in the Durham County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail after a first appearance in court on Tuesday.

At the house, Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael, said, authorities found 1.1 pound of cocaine, which they said would be worth about $20,000 in the illegal drug trade.

The marijuana, they said, was worth about $2,000.

They also confiscated several weapons, Michael said.

Ford faces two counts of trafficking cocaine, one charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver it, a count of marijuana possession with intent to sell or deliver, a charge of maintaining the house for drug storage or sales and a charge of having drug paraphernalia.

Police also filed a charge of misdemeanor child abuse, which is common when a minor is found to be living with someone where police find drugs.

Michael did not say how old the child was or if he or she is related to Ford.

The raid was carried out by the police Drug Interdiction Unit, sheriff’s office anti-drug deputies from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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