Pistols, AK-47 seized in stolen-firearms probe
Deputies with the Durham County Sheriff’s Anti-Crime and Narcotics unit on Thursday arrested 25-year-old Michael Desean Tucker, of 721 Eva St. in Durham, following a weeks-long investigation that determined Tucker was receiving and selling stolen firearms, authorities said.
During the investigation, and in Thursday’s search of Tucker’s home, investigators recovered four semiautomatic pistols (three 9 mm and one .40-caliber), three of which had been reported stolen; an AK-47 rifle; about 1,000 rounds of stolen firearm ammunition; a gas mask; and numerous firearms accessories including high-capacity magazines, holsters, a rifle scope and a pistol-mounted laser-flashlight device. One of the recovered pistols was recently stolen on Monday during a residential break-in in Durham.
Tucker has been charged with three counts of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of felony possession of stolen property. He is being held in the Durham County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
“I commend the men in the Anti-Crime and Narcotics unit for conducting this investigation and safely apprehending Michael Tucker,” Sheriff Mike Andrews said. “We are dedicated to removing illegally possessed weapons from the community and bringing to justice those who commit crime in Durham. I encourage citizens who have information about crime occurring in the neighborhood to contact my office, so we may continue to fight and prevent criminal activity in Durham.”