Union man arrested on meth, cocaine charges

A Monroe man who had recently been released from prison in connection with a homicide was arrested Wednesday night on methamphetamine and cocaine charges, authorities said.

Derrick Dewayne Hailey, 37, was arrested by Union County sheriff’s deputies and Monroe police at his residence in the 2100 block of Center Street.

Deputies said the arrest followed an undercover investigation in which agents bought crystal meth and cocaine. Authorities said Hailey had been charged with murder in 2002 but pleaded guilty to lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter and felony assault with a deadly weapon.

North Carolina prison records show he was released from Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Anson County in February.

Hailey also has prior convictions for felony drug possession and assault on government officials, authorities said. Deputies said the suspect resisted arrest Thursday night but was subdued by a stun gun.

Deputies said Hailey was charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; sale and delivery of cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; sale and delivery of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; maintaining a vehicle to sell controlled substances; two counts of sale or delivery of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center; and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer.

He was jailed under $1 million bond and is scheduled for a first court appearance Dec. 4.