Deputies arrest sex offender, two more in Durham drug bust
Sheriff’s deputies went looking for a wanted sex offender on Concord Street.
They found him. But they also discovered cocaine, weapons and several pounds of marijuana, according to Deputy Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. They took two more people into custody on drug charges.
Investigators give this account:
Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, deputies sought William Edward Ogletree, 38, at a home at 2112 Concord St. They had warrants for his arrest on charges that he had failed to register as a sex offender.
“As deputies approached the front door, they smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the residence,” Sherwin said.
Armed with a warrant, deputies with the warrant squad, the anti-crime and narcotics unit and officers from the N.C. Central University Police Department entered the home.
Inside, they found more than three pounds of marijuana, 12 prescription morphine pills and about 9 grams of cocaine. Deputies also seized a stolen .22 caliber revolver, a .45 caliber Springfield 1911 semiautomatic pistol, an air pistol and $1,271 cash.
Ogletree was charged with failing to register as a sex offender, possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, sex offender using a commercial social networking site and sex offender living within 1,000 feet of a school. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $25,000 bond.
Sharmae Brannon, 28, of Concord Street was charged with possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances. She was released from the Durham County Jail after posting $2,500 bond.
Tavarse Jaye Watkins, 31, of Fuquay Varina was charged with possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture marijuana, possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $130,000 bond.
“This is another great arrest by my deputies and I’m thankful for the assistance provided by the NCCU Police Department,” said Sheriff Mike Andrews. “Any time we can remove illegally possessed firearms and drugs from the community, and locate an unregistered sex offender, it’s a good day for law enforcement and Durham’s citizens.”
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