HAMLET — Deputies got a little more than they bargained for when they went to Willie Huckabee’s Ridgeview Drive home on Wednesday.
According to investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were there to attempt to arrest Huckabee on domestic violence charges.
While they were there, investigators say deputies “noticed evidence of manufacturing marijuana and also evidence of manufacturing meth,” according to a Friday statement from the sheriff’s office.
According to warrants, deputies found Huckabee was growing 22 marijuana plants and had a number of methamphetamine precursors, including: sodium hydroxide, lithium, lighter fluid and pseudoephedrine.
Warrants show they also found a smoking pipe, straws and scales.
Huckabee was arrested on the domestic violence charges —second-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, communicating threats and assault on a female — in addition to the drug charges — two counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, one count each of manufacturing marijuana, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a meth precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia — and a probation violation.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Huckabee was given an 18-month suspended sentence in June after being convicted on three counts of selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and one count of assault on a female.
The drug charges are from selling meth to a confidential informant in 2015.
Huckabee was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond for the drug charges and was held without bond on the domestic violence charges and the probation violation.
He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 12 on the domestic violence charges and Sept. 15 on the drug charges, according to online court records.
In 2011, Huckabee was sentenced to probation following a conviction on both felony and misdemeanor charges of breaking and entering, state records show.
Two years earlier, he was found guilty on misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and receiving stolen goods. Huckabee was previously convicted in 1998 on a felony possession of marijuana charge. In both cases, he was also given probation.
His earliest criminal convictions date back to 1995, on misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer, driving while impaired, operating a vehicle without a license and two counts of vehicle registration violation.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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