Police last week seized three pounds of marijuana and a handgun from an Apex man’s home after a woman ran into the house yelling, “I am going to get his weed so you can arrest him.”
Shortly afterward, the police did just that.
Wallace Malcolm Howard, 47, of 601 Lynch Street in Apex, has been charged with a felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and with possession of a firearm by a felon. Apex police transported Howard to the Wake County jail Thursday, following the woman’s revelation and a subsequent search of the home.
Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, police arrived at the one-story, ranch-style, red brick home after reports of a man with a gun in the street in front of the house. They were met by a woman who had been arguing with Howard, according to a search warrant application filed Monday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
“The female told the first officer on the scene that Wallace Howard was inside and had a bunch of weed and several guns,” Apex Detective C.L. Burns stated in the search warrant.
The woman, who was not named in the warrant, ran inside yelling about guns and marijuana in the home. The officers followed.
“When the officers walked inside of the home they were met by Howard, who told the officers they had to leave his house,” Burns reported.
The officers did leave, but one patrol officer reported that she could smell marijuana during the brief time she was inside, according to the search warrant.
The woman told police that Howard had marijuana and guns in a rear bedroom. She also said that Howard had pointed the weapons at her several times during previous arguments, Burns reported.
Investigators looking at Howard’s criminal history found previous charges for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm by a felon and attempt to purchase a firearm by a felon, Burns said in the search warrant.
Howard, in recent months, had also raised the ire of his neighbors. Someone described by police as a confidential informant called police on Dec. 12 and reported that Howard was selling drugs and in possession of a handgun. A neighbor on July 13 called police and reported that they could smell marijuana coming from Howard’s home all day.
Investigators obtained a search warrant and arrived back at Howard’s home on Thursday afternoon. They found three pounds of what appeared to be marijuana in a postal service box, another 34.2 grams of the substance in two plastic bags, a black digital scale, a green marijuana grinder, a Taurus revolver handgun and 47 .357 Magnum rounds of ammunition, according to the search warrant.
Howard was released from the Wake County jail Friday after he posted a $20,000 bond, a jail spokesman said Monday.
Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald