Deputies: Man caught with cocaine


ROCKINGHAM — A man with a long list of pending charges had two more added last week.

According to an arrest warrant, 25-year-old Samuel Dustin Whitley, of Hollow Trail, Rockingham, was found with an unspecified amount of cocaine on June 12.

He is also accused of having three plastic straws, a metal pill box, a plastic pill bottle without a label, a nail and a check with white residue, which Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say was used “to package, store, contain, conceal and introduce into the body a controlled substance.”

Although no arrest date or arresting officer were listed on the warrant — sworn out by deputy T. Rucker — it shows Whitley was arrested at 5:30 p.m. and charged with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Other court documents show Whitley was booked into the Richmond County Jail five minutes after arrest and placed under a $1,000 secured bond. He was released on bail at 6:52 p.m. and is due in court on these charges July 2.

Online court records show Whitley is also facing eight other felony charges: two counts each of forgery of an instrument and uttering a forged instrument; breaking and entering; larceny after breaking and entering; larceny; and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Whitley is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, as well as several driving infractions, including eight counts — seven in Richmond County, one in Anson County — of driving with a revoked license.

He is scheduled to be in court today for the Richmond County traffic violations, June 30 for the Anson charge and July 13 for the other misdemeanor and felony charges.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Whitley has no previous convictions in this state.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.