Crime

March 13, 2014

Stolen guns, thousands of pills prompt search for Durham man

Durham sheriff's deputies are looking for Denzel Kewon Poole, they said Thursday, because they found thousands of narcotic pills, stolen guns and counterfeit money in a Hinson Drive house where they had hoped to find him.

A man for whom Durham sheriff's deputies went looking because he is wanted in Georgia is now wanted in Durham, too, after they found stolen guns, more than 20,000 prescription pills, counterfeit money and $10,000 in real cash at the house where they had hoped they would find him, officials said Thursday.

Denzel Kewon Poole, 22, is charged with trafficking in opiates, possession with intent to make, sell or deliver drugs from three different state lists of illegal substances, possession of a stolen gun and keeping his residence at 2731 Hinson Drive as a drug house and misdemeanors.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Paul Sherwin said the case began with a request last week to try to find Poole in connections with arrest warrants obtained by police in Senoia, Ga., after a series of pharmacy burglaries in the small, Atlanta-area community.

Poole was not home when deputies went to the house, but Sherwin said they found a stolen assault rifle, two stolen handguns, 13,000 hydrocodone pills, 400 morphine pills, hundreds of clonazepam and codeine pills, thousands of other kinds of prescription pills, $10,000 in cash and $4,000 in bogus U.S. currency.

Investigators said the narcotics they seized would have been worth $200,000 in the illegal street market for drugs.

Sherwin asked that anyone who has information that might help deputies find Poole call the Sheriff’s Crime Tip Line at 919-560-7151 or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of persons wanted for felony crimes, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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