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Hamlet Police charge man with meth possession

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HAMLET — A man convicted last year for stealing crab legs is now accused of having meth.

Records show 51-year-old Richard Wayne Chavis Jr. was booked into the Richmond County Jail early Saturday morning on a single charge of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, following an arrest by the Hamlet Police Department.

He was found with 5.6 grams of meth on Oct. 23, according to a magistrate’s order.

Chavis is being held on a $5,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 12.

He was charged in January 2019 for stealing $81 worth of crab legs from a Hamlet grocery store on New Year's Eve. Although records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show no record of conviction, court records show Chavis was found guilty on April 10, 2019 of misdemeanor larceny in that case.

Court records also show Chavis has pending charges of both first- and second-degree trespassing and misdemeanor larceny, as well as resisting a public officer.

Chavis’ criminal history dates back more than 30 years, according to state records.

He was first convicted on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and trespassing in 1986 and received his first of three convictions for driving while impaired in 1988.

In 1990, Chavis was convicted of assault on a policeman and two counts of damage to property. Initially given probation, that was soon revoked and he spent two weeks behind bars in May of 1991.

In September of 1992, he was convicted on three counts of damage to property. Online state records show his release date as Oct. 9, 1992, but the sentence-begin dates for the second and third of what were labeled as consecutive sentences are Dec. 24, 1992 and March 25, 1993, respectively.

Twenty days after his release, Chavis was given probation on his first misdemeanor larceny conviction.

Chavis was again convicted of misdemeanor larceny in 1995, and later that year of simple assault, communicating threats and two counts of resisting a public officer. He served nearly four months on those convictions.

He went back to prison in 1998 after being convicted on felony charges of  involuntary manslaughter and hit and run, as well as misdemeanor charges of willful or wanton injury to property, failure to report an accident and his second DWI.

Nearly a year following his release, he was behind bars again on a felony larceny from person conviction in 2001.

Throughout the rest of the decade, Chavis was in and out of prison due to convictions of: DWI; assault on a female; felony larceny; driving with a revoked license; and assault inflicting serious injury.

Chavis’ last conviction, in 2011, landed him back behind bars for felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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