Salem teenager arrested on drugs, weapons charges

June 5, 2014

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Salem teenager on drug and weapons charges after deputies responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Kenneth Harold Miller Jr., 18, of 160 Douglas Crowe Road, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:52 a.m. May 29 and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of and trafficking in methamphetamine, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

Deputies were dispatched to Botany Lane in Walhalla and encountered two individuals who told deputies that they were having vehicle trouble.

According to the incident report, the subjects appeared to be nervous. Miller told the deputy, upon a search for weapons, that he had a firearm in his left boot, which the deputy removed.

Deputies discovered that Miller had a large sum of money rubber banded to his wallet. Miller also informed deputies that there two additional weapons in the truck that was on scene. All the weapon numbers that the deputies ran came back clear.

Deputies asked Miller if he threw any objects into the woods and he replied no. Miller then changed his story and told deputies that he did throw an object in the woods at the same time that one of the deputies discovered a package, which was a black toiletry bag.

Deputies discovered inside the bag a jelly jar which contained about 4.75 ounces of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, plus a clear bag which contained about 20 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. The amount of cash seized by deputies was around $1,722.

Miller was then transported to the Detention Center. Bond was set at $60,000 surety.