Traverse City Record-Eagle

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November 19, 2013

Detroit parole absconder faces drug charge in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY — A Detroit man arrested for skipping out on his parole faces new charges after a Grand Traverse County jail search found he was concealing crack cocaine.

Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said officers found Jerry Lee Duhart, 36, while investigating a report of a fight Sunday at Holiday Inn on Front Street. He said those involved didn't want to pursue charges against each other, but officers ran Duhart's name and discovered he was wanted for absconding parole in Wayne County.

Michigan Department of Corrections records state Duhart was on parole for first-degree home invasion, possession of cocaine and third-offense operating while intoxicated. Heffner said Duhart was arrested and transported to the county jail, where officers found drugs hidden on his body.

"They (patted) him down and found a bag that contained several little bags that contained suspected crack cocaine," Heffner said.

Authorities requested charges of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and smuggling drugs into a correctional facility, but an arraignment hasn't been scheduled.

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