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Suspect in store theft tied to drugs

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

Deputies said they located marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia on an Iron Station man following his attempts to take products from a Denver store over the weekend.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted Ronald Lee Hoyle Jr., 27, of Hudson Poultry Road, as he was exiting the Wal-Mart store on N.C. 16, authorities said.

Store security told deputies the man had allegedly exchanged products’ bar codes in order to purchase an item at a lesser price.

When deputies searched the man, they said they found illegal drugs along with a syringe and needle.

Hoyle was charged with one felony count each of larceny from a merchant and possession of a schedule I controlled substance as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He’s currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond.

Hoyle’s public record showed similar drug-related offenses, according to the state’s Department of Correction website. Since 2002, he’s been convicted of schedule IV drug possession along with two separate instances of possession of drug paraphernalia.

DOC also listed misdemeanor charges for resisting an officer and driving with a revoked license, a crime that placed him behind Lincoln County bars for four months.

 

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