ROCKINGHAM — A Hamlet man is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges following a scuffle with police.
Warrants show 38-year-old Walter Clyde Miller is accused of having nine baggies of heroin, five doses of Xanax and an unspecified amount of suboxone — which is used to treat opioid dependence, less than half an ounce of mariujana, digital scales and a .22-caliber handgun.
Miller also allegedly ran away from two Rockingham police officers and struggled with them, refusing present his hands to be cuffed when ordered to do so by the officers, according to warrants.
He was arrested June 12 and is charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule V controlled substance; and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Miller faces additional misdemeanor charges, including: three counts of resisting a public officer; and one count each of simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun.
He was also given an infraction for driving a vehicle with a child who was not in the back seat as required by law.
Miller was booked into the Richmond County Jail under $50,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 28.
His first conviction was in 1999 on a misdemeanor communicating threats charge, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
He received a suspended sentence on a felony common law burglary conviction in January 2006. However, records show his probation was revoked less than a month later and he was spent the next 15 months behind bars for common law robbery.
Three months after his release on May 12, 2007, Miller was charged with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) and convicted the following year. His probation on that conviction was also revoked, landing him in prison for another three months.
In 2013, Miller was convicted of attempted possession of a controlled substance and resisting an officer.
Again, his probation was revoked when he was convicted in 2015 of felony possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and Miller spent another eight months incarcerated.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
William R. Toler contributed to this story. Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674 or [email protected]