Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four people, including a mother and son, on drug charges over the weekend.
According to court documents, 59-year-old Martha Black Chavis, sold a total of 0.6 grams of heroin to a confidential informant last week, storing the drugs in her Church Street home.
She is facing eight felony charges: four counts of selling or delivering a Schedule I controlled substance; two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance; and two counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
She was arrested Oct. 27 and booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond.
Her son, 39-year-old Jimmy Edward Chavis Jr., is accused of trying to destroy evidence of powder cocaine.
He is facing four felony charges: possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; selling or delivering cocaine; felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; and altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence.
Following his arrest, Jimmy Chavis was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.
The mother and son are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 9.
Martha Chavis has had run-ins with the law consistently dating back to 1984, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
She served four months in prison for driving while impaired, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and fraud, released in Nov. 1988. She was convicted of felony breaking and entering in Feb. 1990 and again for driving while impaired in July 1992, serving three years and three months in prison.
In 1996, Chavis was sentenced to eight months on a DWI conviction and six months in 1999 for possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance and larceny. She was convicted of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance twice over the next six years, serving two months in prison in 2001 and five months in 2005, her most recent offense.
Her son also has a long history of criminal offenses, state records show. From 1997 to 1998, Jimmy Chavis was convicted on four separate drug charges — possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance and selling Schedule VI controlled substance — for which he was sentenced to probation.
In 2007, he served a month in prison for maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for keeping a controlled substance. Two months after his release, he was convicted on a DWI charge, for which he served four months in prison. He then served eight months in 2010 for obtaining property by false pretense and larceny of over $1,000.
His most recent conviction was in January 2015, serving a year and six months in prison for selling a Schedule II controlled substance.
Rockingham resident Samantha Leeann Williamson, 32, was found in possession of 0.7 grams of crack cocaine after an investigation into drug activity, court records show. She is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of cocaine.
Williamson was jailed under a $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 9.
She has no prior convictions in North Carolina, according to state records.
Charlotte resident Elizabeth Dawn Mintz, 37, is accused of breaking into the home of a Rockingham resident after being told to leave, damaging the cover of the victim’s four-wheeler in the process. Mintz was also found in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia including syringes and rolling papers, according to warrants.
Mintz is charged with felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trespassing, breaking and entering and injury to personal property.
She jailed under a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 9.
Mintz’s earliest offense is a Sept. 2009 conviction for violating a protective order, for which she was sentenced to probation. She was also given probation for two counts of trafficking opium or heroin in 2010. That same year, she was sentenced to five months in prison for speeding to elude arrest.
She was also convicted of credit card theft in April 2014, serving five months in prison.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674.