Asheboro man charged with meth trafficking
DURHAM – Durham police on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old Asheboro man on methamphetamine trafficking charges.
Rafael Inzunza Lopez faces charges of trafficking and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $5 million bond.
“The arrest was a result of a long-term investigation,” said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
Investigators seized about 900 grams of meth, with an estimated value of $30,000, she said.
Suspicious vehicle leads deputy to burglary arrest
DURHAM – On Sunday, a Durham County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a suspicious silver 2005 Toyota Camry in the driveway of a home in the 1200 block of Goodwin Road.
After the deputy stopped to investigate, the Camry drove away. Deputies couldn’t immediately find the vehicle or its driver, but they did recover a pistol that the suspect allegedly had tossed out through the car window.
That same pistol, deputies said, was reported stolen in a residential break-in earlier in the day.
The Camry was seen again about 1 p.m. on Sunday, near the scene of another break-in, this time in the 1100 block of Infinity Road. Deputies found the address where the vehicle was registered and talked to the owner, a woman who said that she had allowed a man named Joseph Raymond Hanna to borrow the car.
“The deputy who initially spotted the car on Goodwin Road confirmed Hanna was the person driving it at the time,” said Deputy Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Hanna, 25, of Omah Street in Durham was arrested at his mother’s house on Wednesday on charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, injury to real property, possession of firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and several felony probation violations. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $5,070,000 bond.
In other news:
• On Saturday, about 6 p.m., someone vandalized a 2013 Dodge Charger belonging to the Durham Police Department in the 900 block of Holloway Street, causing $1,000 damage.
• On Jan. 15, someone broke into a home in the 3400 block of Glasson Street and stole an Xbox gaming console worth about $300, 30 Xbox games and a 32-inch LCD television worth about $700.
• On Jan. 17, someone broke into a 2006 Honda Accord in the 1900 block of Cornwallis Road and stole $1,500 cash, two pairs of sunglasses worth a total of $525, a suitcase and three checkbooks.
• On Jan. 14, someone broke into a vehicle outside a home in the 4200 block of Garrett Road and took a Dell laptop, three books worth a total of $300, hand tools and a 2-ton floor jack.
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