Complaints lead to search, arrests

Jan. 06, 2014 @ 08:26 PM

Police on Friday arrested two Vance County men on drug charges following the service of a search warrant at 422 Harriett Street.

According to Henderson Police Lt. Alan Hedgepeth, the investigation by the Special Operations Division arose from complaints about drug sales being conducted in the neighborhood.

Arrested were:

• Preston O’Bryan Miles, 29, of 1856 Walter Grissom Road, Kittrell, on charges of felony possession of Schedule 1 “Molly” and possession of marijuana. Jail authorities released Miles after he posted a $10,000 secured bond.

• David Donell Parham, 35, of 422 Harriett St., Henderson, on charges of maintaining a dwelling for drug trafficking and possession of marijuana. Jail authorities released Parham after he posted a $5,000 secured bond.

According to a sworn affidavit by Officer John Rowan, drug activity complaints were logged in December. Complaints targeted marijuana. Controlled and monitored buys were observed, including one within 72 hours of the search warrant request.

During the search, investigators seized five catalogued portions of marijuana, adding up to 7.4 grams. They also noted a fraction of a gram of cocaine as also found at the search scene.

The search also turned up rifle and handgun ammunition, a pistol magazine and two electronic scales.

Parham and Miles do not carry extensive criminal histories beyond several misdemeanor arrests and supervisory consequences by the state prison system on suspended sentences.

A preliminary hearing for both is scheduled in Vance County District Court on Jan. 13.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com