East Spencer man faces methamphetamine charges

Published 4:37 pm Thursday, June 18, 2020

An East Spencer man faces multiple charges for methamphetamine trafficking offenses following a five-month undercover sting, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Howard Lynard Miller, 34, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 15 counts of felony methamphetamine trafficking.

During the course of the investigation, the Rowan Sheriff’s Office said it made numerous purchases of meth from Miller, which totaled around 1 pound, according to Chief Deputy David Ramsey. The transactions occurred at locations in East Spencer and Salisbury.

When Miller was arrested, detectives found a 9mm handgun inside his vehicle. Additional charges related to the gun could be filed after a forensic examination of the firearm, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Miller has two previous felony convictions for possession of marijuana and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He has two misdemeanor convictions for resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, filing a false report and disorderly conduct.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Mocksville Police Department.

Miller remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond.