Burglar alarm leads Durham deputies to drug bust instead

From staff reportsDecember 6, 2012 

David Merrill Hudnutt

DURHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Sheriff’s deputies who answered a burglar-alarm call found no one in the house that sits on six acres at 4812 Glenn Road, but they did collect an array of illegal drugs and arrested the owner who had rushed home, authorities said Thursday.

They charged David Merrill Hudnutt, 40, with 11 drug-possession counts when he arrived home after being notified that his alarm had activated.

Sheriff’s spokesman Paul Sherwin said the front door was ajar and the alarm was sounding when deputies got to the house shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday

They shouted for anyone inside and got no answer, then went in to check for intruders or anyone who might have been hurt, he explained.

They found no people, Sherwin said, but they saw drug paraphernalia and smelled marijuana.

So while waiting for Hudnutt, they also were waiting for a search warrant.

With the warrant in hand, deputies found 93 grams (a little over 3 ounces) of marijuana, 2 grams of hashish, 23 tablets of prescription drugs, 18 tablets of MDMA (ecstasy), three small plastic bags of methamphetamine and 6 ounces of a drug known as GHB, Sherwin said.

They also found cash, scales like those used to weigh drugs and packaging materials, he added.

Hudnutt was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana; three counts of possession of MDMA with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver that; four counts of possession of the prescription drugs with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, and a count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.

Deputies added a charge of simple possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of marijuana, possession or drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling as a place to use, store or sell drugs.

Bond was set at $25,000, and Hudnutt was released Wednesday, Sherwin said.

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