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Second Sheriff’s Targeted Enforcement Program nets 21 arrests

Post Date:10/14/2019 1:58 PM


Durham, NC (October 14, 2019) – On the evenings of Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, 2019, deputies from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Crime and Narcotics Unit and throughout the agency were joined by officers from 5 other departments for the second Sheriff’s Targeted Enforcement Program (STEP). In all, 83 law enforcement officers and 5 K9s participated in the two-day operation, spanning 14 hours over both nights.

This is the second STEP operation since August 30th, when that dragnet resulted in the apprehension of eight (8) individuals across Durham County. STEP’s purpose is to serve outstanding warrants on charges such as Armed Robbery, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and various drug offenses. Regarding this weekend’s crime crackdown, 20 individuals were taken into custody. Traffic stops on both nights resulted in an additional 9 citations and 21 warnings being issued for minor traffic violations. Investigators also recovered a stolen vehicle during one traffic stop and seized a total of 7 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of heroin, 12 tabs of MDMA and 221 grams of marijuana. Six weapons were recovered, thus far one of them was reported stolen. 

“As in our previous STEP enforcement, local community members approached Sheriff’s Office personnel and expressed their support of this initiative to remove wanted persons from the streets of Durham,” said Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead. “Investigators noted that on the second evening there was a marked difference inside the enforcement area in the number of people sitting outside and children playing and enjoying the evening. We are also happy to report there was not a single call for someone injured by gunfire in that area.” 

Sheriff Birkhead would like to remind people that if you have information about ongoing criminal activity, to please contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division by calling 919-560-0880. If you see crime happening. Call 911 immediately.   

Sheriff Birkhead said, “I’d like to thank the Durham Police Department, North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Probation and Parole, North Carolina Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, North Carolina Central University, and Durham Emergency Medical Services for their participation this weekend. If citizens and law enforcement continue working together in this manner, we can make our community safer for all of our residents.” 
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