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Durham deputies respond to alarm, find house full of drugs

Posted December 6, 2012

— A Durham man was arrested after police responded to a security alarm at his home and discovered a variety of illegal drugs inside, authorities said Wednesday.

Durham County sheriff’s deputies said they went to the home in the 4800 block of Glenn Road about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and found the front door open and the alarm sounding. Deputies said they announced their presence several times before entering the home to make sure a burglary or other criminal activity was not taking place.

The deputies search each room of the home and discovered drug paraphernalia and an odor of marijuana. No one was in the home, but deputies reached the homeowner by phone.

Believing there were drugs in the home, the deputies obtained a search warrant. A search turned up 93 grams of marijuana; 2 grams of hashish; 23 tablets of controlled substances Adderall, Vyvance and hydromorphone; 18 tablets of Ecstasy; three baggies of methamphetamine; 6 ounces of GHB; and scales and packaging. They also found $700 in cash.

David Merrill Hudnutt, 40, was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver Ecstasy, four counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule 2 controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.

Bond information was unavailable.


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  • tom73b Dec 11, 2012

    Talk about moore's law, If indeed this is what happened. But i W Would not put it pass LE to trip the alarms, and then proceed inside. Because without the alarms, They had no probable cause to enter. Prolly some snitch told them about this house and rolled over on his dealer......As my mama used to say "There is more then one way to skin a cat"

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 7, 2012

    "Sounds like the police set it off just to have another officer respond to the call....."

    What a very intelligent comment - really?

  • same ole story Dec 7, 2012

    Something sounds a little to "fishy" to believe a guy with this much stuff just walked away from his home with the door wide open and the alarm going off??? Sounds like the police set it off just to have another officer respond to the call.....

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Dec 6, 2012

    "93 grams of marijuana; 2 grams of hashish; 23 tablets of controlled substances" ... and a partridge in a pear tree.

    That is the funniest thing I've heard ALL day!!

  • storchheim Dec 6, 2012

    "D'OH!" - Homer

    "HA-HA!" - Nelson

  • FE Dec 6, 2012

    The drugs/quantities found are consistent with a lower mid-level drug dealer. The overall "variety" also somewhat supports that.

    Other than ecstasy and GHB, most of the other drugs are of the pharmaceutical type. FWIW: hydromorphone is commonly known as "Dilaudid" and commands a seriously high price per tablet on the street.

    This guy likely is greater at risk for the manufacturing/intent to sell charges than the mere possession charges per se. His attorney might have a field day with probable cause, but hopefully the officers got that part correct.

  • storchheim Dec 6, 2012

    "I hate it when you are so stoned you set off your own alarm and wander off."

    It beats forgetting the ice cream and frozen pie in the trunk of the car.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 6, 2012

    I guess by now the criminal realize the alarm did not help themn one bit. Oh, they need to learn to lock their doors.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 6, 2012

    That's my story and I'm sticking with it!!!!


    love your comment

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 6, 2012

    Now will the deputies and sheriff do the right thing and destroy these illegal drugs? Are will they keep some for themselves? If so, then they are dead wrong.