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Sheriff’s Targeted Enforcement Program Launched Across County

Anti-gang, drug and overall crime crackdown nets multiple arrests

Post Date:08/30/2019 4:12 PM

For Immediate Release:August 30, 2019

Durham, N.C. --- Thursday night and into early this morning, Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead launched the first phase of the “Sheriff’s Targeted Enforcement Program” (STEP) which has resulted in the apprehension of eight (8) individuals across the County. At the present time, all subjects are under arrest at the Durham County Detention Center facing a multitude of felony, outstanding warrants and misdemeanor charges ranging from gun and drug possession to felony fleeing/eluding to possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, marijuana, and opiates. The STEP operation crisscrossed the entire County, seeking out individuals suspected of drug, gun violence, and gang activity.
“The mission of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office is public safety. After what our community has experienced recently, enough is enough,” said Sheriff Birkhead. “This is just the first phase of STEP and these overnight arrests are the culmination of more than two weeks of intense investigation specifically related to the increase of gun violence, drug and gang activity on our streets. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is focused on bringing these perpetrators to justice, as well as those who are still at-large. We are taking a stand against those responsible for wreaking havoc in our community.
“We thank our federal, state and local law enforcement agencies assisting the DCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division in this crime fight, including the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina,” Sheriff Birkhead continued. “Another critical part of this initiative is the continuous community engagement the Sheriff’s Office has forged since day one of my administration. Several community members came out last night to thank our deputies for removing this criminal element.
“As STEP continues, we remind the general public to pick up the phone and call us with information to help us apprehend those who are committing violence in our community. Our tip line is: 919-560-7151.”