Raleigh police charge man used house to traffic in cocaine

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMarch 13, 2014 

— A man arrested Wednesday on a cocaine-trafficking charge had been under surveillance for almost a month as police watched cars come and go from his house and stopped some of them, Raleigh officers said in a search warrant made public shortly after the arrest.

Christopher Deon Archible, 46, the man whose house at 1116 Hazelnut Drive they were watching, also was charged with maintaining the house to keep and sell drugs and with selling cocaine to a man police stopped and arrested a few blocks from Archible’s home shortly before they arrested Archible, arrest warrants stated.

Police said they found between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine in the house, a range of quantities for which state law makes trafficking a Class G felony that carries a sentence of 35 to 51 months in prison for a conviction.

The man they stopped, Charles Keith Ferguson, was charged with cocaine possession, records show.

In asking a magistrate for the warrant to search the house, Officer T.W. Webb and Detective S.A. Goree said they had received information from “numerous sources” that steered them to 1116 Hazelnut Drive.

The warrant was returned to the Wake County Clerk of Court’s office Wednesday afternoon.

In February, the officers said, an other officer had stopped a car and found “a large amount” of marijuana, and the man they arrested told them during questioning that he got it at the blue, one-story Hazelnut Drive house.

During surveillance earlier this month, Webb and Goree wrote, police watched several cars come to the house and stay only a few minutes, and one of the people they saw was known for being involved with drugs.

Archible was being held Thursday in lieu of $175,000 bail for a first court appearance.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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