New Hanover County man sentenced to prison for meth charges

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover man was sentenced to up to 9.5 years in prison for charges related to methamphetamine manufacturing.

The New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office says 34-year-old Walter McPherson pled guilty to manufacturing meth, conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of precursors to manufacture meth, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, and misdemeanor child abuse.

McPherson was sentenced to 84-113 months in prison by the Honorable John Nobles.

According to officials, on January 21, 2015 Wilmington Police found McPherson in a bowling alley parking lot with 20 bindles of heroin in his lap. Police say a young child was in the car with McPherson and that tried to drive away as police were stopping him.

Then on August 10, Wilmington Police say an officer stopped McPherson while he was riding a bike in the Lily Drive area. When the officer searched McPherson’s backpack, he found a loaded 9mm handgun. Since McPherson was previously convicted of a felony, he was not allowed to be carrying a handgun.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Offices Narcotics Detectives received a tip on September 2 that McPherson had a potential meth lab at his residence on Touch Me Not Drive. Officials searched the home and say they found a Smart Water bottle with an active one-pot meth lab. They also found various items used to make meth and three laminated pieces of paper with step-by-step instructions on how to make meth. In addition, they found a Gatorade bottle in the garage with a burnt bottom, agents say based on their training it had previously been used to make meth.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo says, “This isn’t an episode of ‘Breaking Bad.’ A thin layer of plastic and trained investigators were the only thing that prevented a fireball of toxins from being released into this quiet neighborhood. Our community is fortunate that the SBI has given us a nationally-recognized agent in clan lab detection to partner with the Sheriff’s Office to protect our community.”

The investigation was a joint effort by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, and the North Carolina State Bureau Clan Lab Response Team.


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