An alleged member of the drug-trafficking organization the “Detroit Boys” was nabbed in West Virginia this month, five years after he was mistakenly released from the Forsyth County Jail.
Terrance Douglas Poindexter, 32, was taken into custody on Nov. 12 in Dunbar, W. Va., Deputy U.S. Marshal Donald Johnson said Wednesday.
The U.S. Marshals Service and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office took Poindexter into custody at a house in Dunbar, Johnson said. Officers had to break through a barricade to get into the residence, but, afterward, Poindexter surrendered peacefully, Johnson said.
Poindexter was served outstanding warrants for arrest on Tuesday, according to court records.
He was one of five men arrested in October 2013 on drug-related charges in an investigation of the “Detroit Boys.” Authorities said the drug-trafficking organization moved heroin between Detroit and Winston-Salem. Poindexter was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in heroin and two counts of trafficking in heroin.
According to search warrants, Poindexter coordinated trips to Detroit to pick up heroin with his father, Terrance Douglas Coles, who has also been charged.
In January 2014, Poindexter went to Forsyth District Court on an unrelated misdemeanor larceny charge, and Judge Victoria Roemer placed him on supervised probation for that charge.
Poindexter, however, still had a $750,000 secured bond for his drug charges. A deputy clerk, Chris Kurani, mistakenly indicated on paperwork that Poindexter was given supervised probation on the drug-trafficking charges instead of the larceny charge.
As a result, Poindexter was released from Forsyth County Jail.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office entered Poindexter’s name into a national database as “wanted,” allowing any law-enforcement agency in the United States to stop and detain Poindexter.
In October 2015, the State Bureau of Investigations announced a $2,000 reward for any information leading to Poindexter’s arrest.
He is in the Forsyth County Jail with bond set a $1.5 million. He is scheduled to appear in Forsyth District Court on Dec. 14.