Crime

The 911 call was an accident — but it led officers to a real crime, NC cops say

John Paul Hammer
John Paul Hammer Alexander County Sheriff's Office

Someone at John Paul Hammer's house called 911 by accident Tuesday.

But when Alexander County sheriff's deputies and Taylorsville police arrived at Hammer's Taylorsville home, the 45-year-old ended up arrested on a string of felony drug charges, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Law enforcement officers found more than 2 grams of methamphetamine individually packages, 113 doses of alaprozalam and marijuana, according to reports.

According to state records, Hammer was charged with:

Possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance;

▪ Possession of methamphetamine.;

▪ Possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance;

▪ Simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance;

▪ Simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance;

▪ Two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies also found a meth pipe in Hammer's possession, the sheriff's office said.

Hammer was booked into the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $35,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Hammer was convicted of other drug charges in 2017 and served four months in jail, according to state records.

He also was convicted of DWI last year.

In 2013, Hammer was convicted of misdemeanor larceny.

In 2012, he was convicted on misdemeanor drug charges.

In 2007, he was convicted of felony breaking and entering and drug possession.

In 1995, he was convicted of misdemeanor assault on a female.

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