Updated: Four charged for narcotics, ‘cop killer’ bullets

Three men and a woman were charged with a laundry list of drug violations and possession of so-called “cop killer” bullets Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office reported that Michael Maurice Sellers, 53; Leah Hooks, 35, of 6000 Cherry Grove Rd., Cerro Gordo; Darnell Prince, 67, of Pine Circle drive, Tabor City; and Nickey Prince, 57, also of Pine Circle Drive,  were each charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, and trafficking cocaine. They were also charged with possession of Teflon-coated bullets, commonly called “cop killers,” for their ability to penetrate some kinds of body armor.

Nickey Prince

The Prince subjects were each charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug activities as well, and held under secured bonds of $135,000 each.

Leah Hooks

Hooks was held under a $125,000 bond on charges of trafficking in cocaine, heroin possession, and possession of the restricted rounds. Sellers was held under a $136,000 bond, charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, possession of heroin, trafficking cocaine, and possession of Teflon-Coated bullets.

Michael Maurice Sellers
Darnell Prince

Deputies recovered more than a kilogram of cocaine, 92 grams of marijuana, large quantity of heroin, a variety of ammunition and drug paraphernalia. The drugs were estimated to be worth $56,000 on the street.

Teflon coated bullets were outlawed in the late 1990s due to their alleged penetration capabilities. No law enforcement officer has ever been confirmed injured or killed by a Teflon-coated bullet.

Sheriff Jody Greene thanked several members of the community for their cooperation inn the investigation, and said he encourage anyonewithinforeation about suspicious activity to call the sheriff’s office.

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