ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff’s deputies have jailed four men accused of selling prescription pills in Richmond County.
James Davis Downer Jr. and Jimmy Edward Chavis Jr., both of Rockingham, and Michael Christopher Parsons of Ellerbe were all arrested Monday on drug charges, Richmond County deputies say.
Downer, 56, of Hunt Street, was charged with trafficking opium, possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule III controlled substance and selling or delivering a Schedule III controlled substance. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
N.C. Division of Adult Correction records show Downer had been convicted on multiple felony charges in Richmond and Anson counties dating back to 1978. His most recent conviction was in 2011 for selling a Schedule II controlled substance.
Chavis, of Center Street, and Parsons, 55, of Mill Street, were each charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance. Each was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.
State prison system records show Parsons was previously convicted of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance in 1993.
Three days earlier, deputies arrested Steve Spencer Myers, 53, of Airport Road in Rockingham on charges of selling methadone pills.
Myers was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.
Myers has been convicted on multiple charges including misdemeanor larceny and felony possession of stolen goods, according to state prison records.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-997-3111, ext. 2751.