Family went to sell drugs at McDonald's, investigators say
Three people were arrested Tuesday on felony drug charges and accused of coming to a McDonald’s in Granite Falls to make a drug delivery.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that an investigation revealed Dustin Miller, 25, of Hildebran was distributing methamphetamine and offered to sell to an undercover agent. Agents arranged for Miller to deliver methamphetamine at the McDonald's, the press release said, and he showed up in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with his father, Lee Marcus Miller, 43, and Lee Miller’s girlfriend, Tashia May Reynolds, 26. The address for all three was listed as 104 Second Ave. SW in Hildebran.
Also in the car was Reynolds’ 4-year-old child, just inches away from two handguns -- a .389-caliber and 9mm pistol -- and a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine worth an estimated $1,800, the press release said. Sheriff's investigators and Granite Falls police also seized $445 in cash.
The child was delivered to a close relative, and Reynolds may face child abuse charges.
Lee Miller, 43, was charged with felony counts of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, and two counts possession of a firearm by a felon. In June, he was arrested by Granite Falls police on charges of methamphetamine sales and possession. Those charges still are pending.
Lee Miller was on probation at the time of his arrest and was served an unrelated warrant from Burke County for failure to appear in court on a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense. A $100,000 secured bond was set.
Dustin Miller was charged with felony counts of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, and felony maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance. A $50,000 bond was set.
Reynolds was charged with the same felonies as Dustin Miller. She also was served with an unrelated warrant from Catawba County on a charge of simple assault from Catawba County. A $50,00 secured bond was set.
All three were scheduled to appear in Caldwell District Court today.