OPIATE TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

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BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court on November 15, VERNON ARTHUR MILLER, 46, of Grantsboro, pled guilty to trafficking in oxycodone, a prescription opiate painkiller, and was sentenced to 70 to 93 months in prison. Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins.

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division received information from a confidential informant that Miller was going to purchase oxycodone illegally. Investigators spotted Miller driving on Highway 55, and they found that Miller had a revoked North Carolina driver’s license. They conducted a traffic stop, and the first officer to the car saw in plain sight an open container of alcohol in the cup holder. A further search of the car resulting in finding baggie corners with powder residue, syringes, burnt spoons, a metal tin with powder residue, cut straws, and digital scales, all consistent with illicit drug use and sale. Inside a potato chip bag was a large sum of cash, and a pill bottle containing 31 pills inside, for which Miller had no valid prescription. The pills were sent to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for testing, and they were determined to contain oxycodone, which is a strong and addictive opioid.


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Judge Pate sentenced Miller to 70 to 93 months in prison, and imposed a mandatory $ 50,000 fine, in addition to restitution to the Sheriff’s Office, and court- appointed attorney’s fees.

NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.

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