Task force arrests Durham man on multiple drug-trafficking charges

A Durham man wanted on multiple heroin charges from 2014 was tracked to the 3000 block of East Weaver Street on Thursday and arrested by a federal-state-local fugitive task force, police said.

Booker Thomas Gattis, 38, was being held Friday at the Durham County Detention Center in lieu of $3 million bail.

Durham police had obtained two warrants this year charging Gattis with having heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Last year, records show, they swore out warrants charging him with four counts of drug trafficking, delivering heroin, selling heroin, keeping a place to sell drugs and a misdemeanor charge of not returning rental property on time.

The U.S. Marshals Service Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of U.S. District Court made the arrest.

Marshals service task forces combine local and state law enforcement officers with deputy marshals to find and arrest wanted people who are believed to be in a task force’s area.

In the Middle District, marshals work with members from police departments in Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem; the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the the state Department of Public Safety’s probation and parole office.

Gattis was first charged in Durham with assault with a deadly weapon in 1993 and 1994 and and cocaine possession in 1994. He was convicted in 1995, participated in a prison work release program and was released on parole in 1999, state records show.