The Durham Police department made multiple arrests and confiscated significant amounts of illegal drugs in what it described as a series of operations that occurred earlier this month.
In one of the operations, “Operation Bull City Intercept,” the department’s interdiction unit worked with 10 other law-enforcement agencies on “illegal drug trafficking routes through Durham,” according to the department.
That effort resulted in 14 arrests and the seizure of about $160,000 in cash, 163 grams of heroin, 49 grams of cocaine, 223 pounds of marijuana, three handguns, a vehicle, fraudulent gift cards and a financial card-writing device.
The charges, largely resulting from stops on Interstate 85, included possession of a firearm by a convicted felony, carrying of concealed firearms, trafficking in heroin and cocaine and trafficking in marijuana.
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Among those arrested in the operation were four North Carolina-based suspects, according to police:
– Ousman Sonko, 27, of Raleigh was arrested on several fraud charges, police repeorted. Officers confiscated gift cards, a card reader/writer, a laptop and multiple cell phones; Sonko also was held on immigration-related concerns, according to police.
– Antonio Holloway, 25, of Durham, was charged with possession of a stolen handgun, police stated.
–Christian Diaz, 18, of Huntersville, was and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver; officers confiscated cash and marijuana, police reported.
– Chad Holden, 28, of Wake Forest was arrested on Avondale Drive and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon, according to police.
The other suspects, including those facing the most serious drug crimes, are based in California, New York and Virginia, according to police.
Following a separate investigation, police also arrested Michael Myatt, 54, and Billy Johnson, 53, both of Durham, on several counts of trafficking in heroin and numerous other felony drug charges last week, police reported.
In another operation, investigators and officers made arrests related to suspected prostitution and street-corner drug sales. Officers arrested five women and six men on charges of solicitation for prostitution. Another 14 were charged in a “buy-bust” drug operation with a total of 36 felonies and four misdemeanors, police reported.
Officers confiscated crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and methadone during the operation.