Convicted sex trafficker arrested in Bismarck, charged with possessing ounce of heroin
BISMARCK -- A man previously convicted of crimes related to sex trafficking in North Dakota was arrested again in Bismarck this week and charged with conspiracy to deliver heroin.
Levell Lee Durr, 36, of Milwaukee, is accused in Burleigh County District Court of bringing an ounce of heroin to sell in North Dakota and directing a woman to conceal the drugs in a condom inside her underwear, court records say.
A Drug Enforcement Agent wrote in a court affidavit he has been familiar with Durr for several years through drug investigations and had obtained a federal warrant to search Durr and his vehicle.
Authorities stopped Durr in a traffic stop about 3 p.m. Wednesday while he was in a vehicle driven by a woman headed east on Interstate 94 in Burleigh County.
Court records say:
The woman driving the vehicle turned over to officers a condom containing a gray powder. Durr told the agent the powder was heroin he had purchased in Milwaukee for $1,800 and had lined up to sell in North Dakota for $4,800. Durr told the agent he directed the woman to put the heroin in her underwear.
The DEA agent wrote in the affidavit he’s conducted several investigations involving individuals from Milwaukee who bring heroin to sell in North Dakota due to high demand and high price.
Durr told the agent he could buy a “point” of heroin, or one-tenth of a gram, for $5 in Milwaukee. The agent wrote that quantity sells for about $40 to $60 in North Dakota. The agent estimates that the quantity of heroin seized could have sold in North Dakota for $11,200 to $16,800.
Durr is being held in the Burleigh Morton County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond. Court records did not list an attorney for Durr.
Durr pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bismarck in 2014 to a charge of coercion and enticement, admitting in court that he encouraged two women to travel from Wisconsin to Minot to engage in prostitution. He acknowledged in court he helped women place ads on Backpage.com and profited from the commercial sex acts.
Federal court records say a victim told investigators Durr held women against their will and forced them to use heroin every morning. Durr denied drugging the women or using force or coercion.
Durr was sentenced in 2015 to one year and nine months in prison and five years of supervised release. He later received additional prison time for a violation of his supervised release, court records show. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows Durr was released on June 1. He is a high-risk sex offender and required to register as a sex offender for life, according to the North Dakota Attorney General's website.