An NAACP president was arrested Wednesday, for selling cocaine for a third time to an informant for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Drug Unit.
The IndyStar reported that the NAACP president Timothy Wade Miles, 49, who is also assistant director of transportation for MITS, was in a vehicle owned by the local bus service when he sold the cocaine.
The third alleged cocaine deal this month between Miles and the informant took place early Wednesday evening in downtown Muncie.
Miles was then arrested in a traffic stop near MITS headquarters on East Seymour Street. A deputy reported Miles begged him not to arrest him, saying, “My career and life is over.”
Police reports indicate during the Westside Park drug transaction, Miles told the informant he was on his way to a NAACP meeting, showing her a related document and said, “I’m president of that.”
DownTrend reported that a deputy wrote that Miles then laughed and said, “It’s crazy.”
Through both his work with MITS and community activism, Miles is well known locally, and word of his arrest stunned many, including Mayor Dennis Tyler.
“It’s tragic and it’s sad,” Tyler said Thursday. “I’ve known Tim for many years. You couldn’t have ever got me to believe he would get involved in drug trafficking.”
The mayor said he felt especially bad for Miles’ children.
“Drugs strike and destroy the core of families,” he said.
Miles was released from the Delaware County jail early Thursday after posting a $15,000 bond.