HILDEBRAND, N.C. -- The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office arrested three people in an undercover meth-buying operation: a father, his son and his son's girlfriend.
On Tuesday, undercover Sheriff's Office narcotics agents and the Granite Falls Police Department set up an undercover methamphetamine buy at a McDonald's in Granite Falls.
Officials say the undercover arranged to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine from Dustin Thomas Miller, 25. While waiting for Dustin to show up, authorities say they learned Dustin would be coming to the drug deal with his meth source, who authorities later learned was his father, 43-year-old Lee Marcus Miller.
Lee and Dustin arrived at the arranged location in a vehicle driven by Dustin's girlfriend, 26-year-old Tashia May Reynolds.
Authorities rushed in and arrested all three subjects.
In the vehicle at the time of the deal, authorities found Reynolds' 4-year-old child, a .380 pistol and drug paraphernalia.
The child was taken from the scene by a relative, and ICE agents say child abuse charges will likely be filed against Reynolds in the near future.
Officials say Lee Miller was in possession of about a half-ounce of meth, with a reported street value of more than $1,800, and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Lee, according to the Sheriff's Office, has pending methamphetamine-related charges by Granite Falls Police from June of this year, and may have drug charges out of Burke County.
Lee Miller is charged with felonious conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, felonious conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, felonious possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, felonious maintain a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance and two counts of felonious possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bonds total $100,000.
Dustin Miller, a probationer and convicted felon, is charged with one count each of felonious conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, felonious conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and felonious maintain a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. His bonds total $50,000.
Reynolds was picked up on an outstanding simple assault warrant out of Catawba County, and was also charged with one count each of felonious conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, felonious conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and felonious maintain a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $50,000.
The vehicle driven to the buy, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, and $445 in cash were seized along with the drugs, officials say.