More details have been released in the arrest of 22-year-old Steven Wayne Patton of Celia Creek Road in Lenoir. As reported yesterday (July 1) on WHKY, Patton was arrested Monday (June 30) for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine; maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Monday, Caldwell Co. Patrol Officers took a call from the Market Basket store on Morganton Boulevard regarding a suspicious vehicle and person. The caller said a white male with a gun was in the car. The caller was able to provide a good description and a tag number.
When Deputies arrived, the vehicle had already left. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle and the suspect not far from the store. Deputies approached and identified the man in the vehicle as Steven Patton.
Deputies found the gun in the floorboard. Officers conducted a consent search of the vehicle and found 23.7 grams of methamphetamine and other items used in the sale of narcotics.
Patton was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in a Lenoir courtroom yesterday. Patton also had a court date scheduled today in Burke County for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Sheriff Alan Jones expressed his appreciation to the citizen who called and provided Police with good information that led to the arrest.