Raleigh police arrest dozens in monthslong drug probe

rgallagher@newsobserver.comNovember 13, 2013 

— Almost three dozen people are facing felony marijuana or cocaine sale charges, and more are being sought by police as part of an anti-drug investigation called “Summer Heat” that began in June.

As of Wednesday morning, 35 of the 41 people targeted in the action were in custody, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Sixteen of the 41 have been indicted by the Wake County District Attorney’s office as habitual felons and were being held in the Wake County Detention Center Wednesday in lieu of high bails, Sughrue said.

All of the charges involve possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana or cocaine. Most of those arrested also were charged with selling and delivering one of the drugs. Many of the sales were to police informants.

“The cases involving those charged as habitual felons are especially noteworthy because those suspects are potentially facing significant sentences,” Sughrue said. “If they are convicted, they are likely to be removed from criminal activity in Raleigh for an extended time.”

Charges against at least three of the suspects were based on transactions in May, and many listed June dates. Others listed Tuesday.

Sughrue said the investigations and arrests were carried out largely by officers assigned to the police department’s drug and gang units and the Selective Enforcement Team.

The arrests began Tuesday morning and ranged through early Wednesday, according to arrest reports.

Four of those charged were already in custody on other charges and were served with arrest warrants at the detention center on Hammond Road.

Bails that magistrates set for suspects ranged from $3,000 to as high as $70,000, according to information at the Wake County Court Clerk’s office.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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