DURHAM — Police announced Monday that they had arrested 11 people after a two-month long undercover drug operation that targeted heroin.
Police periodically target heroin sales, said spokeswoman Kammie Michael, and there has been a significant increase in heroin seizures last year. Michael said police seized nearly 1,945 grams of heroin last year, compared with a little more than 280 in 2010.
Investigators seized 70 grams of heroin during the operation just ended, as well as 24.7 grams of cocaine, 10.2 grams of marijuana and 20 grams of Molly, which is similar to MDMA, commonly called “Ecstasy,” Michael reported.
The operation focused on several people who live just outside the downtown district. Two of the heroin arrests occurred just south of downtown on Walton Street, another just north of downtown on North Mangum Street and a fourth about six miles east of the downtown district, on Statler Drive. There were also arrests for drugs other than heroin on North Goley and East Main streets, just east of downtown, Michael reported.
Michael said several of the arrests involved individuals charged with multiple counts of heroin trafficking.
“The arrests were not only for small amounts, “ she said.
The arrests on North Goley, East Main and Walton streets all occurred in East Durham, just off Holloway Street near Guthrie Avenue.
Last week, someone fatally shot Kourtney Krista Dawson in the same neighborhood, leaving her body in the street near Antioch Baptist Church. Antioch’s pastor and Durham County Commissioner Michael Page says the neighborhood has long been plagued by violence, prostitution and drugs and needs more attention from city leaders.