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Michael Dale McLean
courtesy of Morganton Dept. of Public Safety

Morganton Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charges

43-year-old Michael Dale McLean of Morganton was arrested by Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety yesterday (May 15) on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm with an altered or destroyed serial number, driving during revocation, no liability insurance, failure to register a vehicle, and simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

At about 11 o’clock last night, an Officer stopped a black Ford Explorer near an address on South Sterling Street for a registration violation. While speaking with the driver, Michael Dale McLean, the Officer saw marijuana and paraphernalia in the vehicle. A search led to the discovery of a loaded .22 magnum pistol in McLean’s pocket. McLean is a convicted felon and was in possession of a firearm with an altered or destroyed serial number.

The suspect, who is currently on pre-trial release, was taken into custody and jailed without bond. McLean was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Morganton.