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Connecticut Pastor Accused of Selling Crystal Meth Out of Church's Rectory

Rev. Herbert Miller, 63, was arrested on Friday at the site of a purported drug deal set up by a cooperating witness

<p>Connecticut state police; Google Maps</p> Connecticut pastor Herbert Miller

Connecticut state police; Google Maps

Connecticut pastor Herbert Miller

A Connecticut pastor is accused of dealing crystal meth out of his church's rectory.

Rev. Herbert Miller, 63, of the Woodbury United Methodist Church was arrested on Friday and charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, and use of drug paraphernalia, among other charges, according to a Connecticut State Police news release.

His arrest followed an investigation into a tip that he was selling drugs from the rectory next door to the church at 6 Church Street, according to police, Republican-American reports.

Police said they took Miller into custody at the site of a purported drug deal arranged by a third-party cooperating witness, per the outlet. Miller arrived at the meeting at a predetermined location in Waterbury and was instead met by police.

The pastor was found in possession of "crystal methamphetamine in both rock form and liquefied into a hypodermic needle prepared for injection," police said.

Police found additional drugs and drug paraphernalia during a subsequent search of Miller's residence, police allege, per the Republican-American.

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Following his arrest, Miller was transported to Troop L in Litchfield, where he was booked and later released on a $10,000 bond, according to the release. He is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Feb. 23.

Miller was hired by the Woodbury church in July 2023 after previously serving as pastor of First United Methodist Church in nearby Shelton, Connecticut, according to the church's website, per the Republican-American.

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