2 men arrested in Durham with drugs, duct tape, hunting knife and loaded guns in their car

Benjamin Smith and Christopher Anderson

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Two men arrested in Durham Friday afternoon are facing multiple firearm, robbery and drug charges, police said.

At approximately 3:50 p.m. Friday, Durham Police Department’s HEAT 2 squad stopped a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of Latta Road near Gatewood Drive. The two men, identified as Christopher J. Anderson, 28, of Haw River, and Benjamin R. Smith, 23, of Hillsborough, were seen wearing black clothes, rubber gloves and ski masks.

Police searched the car and discovered multiple loaded firearms, one gram of cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia. Additional items including a large hunting knife, duct tape, a sledge hammer, and a large duffel bag were also discovered.

Anderson, the driver, was charged with two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying concealed weapon, conspiracy to commit a break-in, conspiracy to commit a robbery with a dangerous weapon, and breaking and entering.

Smith was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying concealed weapon, conspiracy to commit a break-in, and conspiracy to commit a robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Anderson and Smith confessed to multiple break-ins and larcenies of firearms in Durham, Orange, and Alamance counties.

The men told police they were on their way to commit a home invasion in Durham and had stopped to remove the license plate from their vehicle.

Both men were placed in the Durham County Jail under a $65,000 secured bond.

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