Richmond Co. sheriff’s investigators file additional charges for suspected meth maker

By: By William R. Toler - [email protected]

ROCKINGHAM — A man already in jail on meth-related charges, had more tacked on last week by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

As part of a continuing investigation into alleged criminal activity by 36-year-old Christopher Lee Huckabee, investigators added felony charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance.

He was re-arrested, while still in the Richmond County Jail, on Feb. 22 and received another $100,000 secured bond.

Huckabee was charged earlier this month when investigators say they found multiple items used for making meth: lithium, sulfuric acid , ammonium nitrate and sodium hydroxide.

He was initially arrested Feb. 4 allegedly for standing in the way of a residence to keep Deputy Chris Smith — who was in pursuit of a runaway 17-year-old girl investigators say Huckabee was harboring — from entering, according to a warrant. During that encounter, deputies also reportedly found two digital scales “with white residue.”

Warrants show Huckabee was in possession of an undisclosed amount of meth when he was booked into the Richmond County Jail.

Huckabee is also accused of throwing corrosive acid on a woman on Jan. 18, causing third-degree burns on her right arm, back and buttocks and resulting in the victim’s hospitalization.

Prior to last week’s arrest, Huckabee was facing the following charges: four felony counts of possession or distribution of a meth precursor; one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises, throwing acid or alkali, and assault inflicting serious bodily injury; and one misdemeanor count each of resisting a public officer, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Huckabee is a convicted felon with a record dating back to the late 1990s, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction. His convictions include felony charges of breaking and entering, common-law robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He has also been convicted on multiple counts of driving while impaired, three counts of assault on a female, two counts of communicating threats and one count each of simple assault and violation of a protection order — all of which are misdemeanor charges.

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By William R. Toler

[email protected]