Domestic dispute call leads to meth lab discovery


During the early morning hours of May 18, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Gore Trailer Road in Whiteville.  The call was in reference to a domestic dispute between the adults residing at the residence, the defendant, his girlfriend, and her mother.  Two young children also reside at the residence and were present at the time of the incident.

While deputies were on scene, they discovered precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit was contacted to assist with the investigation.  The Vice-Narcotics Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property.  While executing the search warrant, Vice-Narcotics Detectives discovered a clandestine drug lab in an outbuilding located on the property.  They located drug paraphernalia, more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, and precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, including ammonium nitrate, lithium metal, and Sudafed.  The State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Lab Response Team was contacted to assist Columbus County Sheriff’s Office with the removal of the dangerous compounds. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Detectives arrested Johnathan Dwayne Huggins for the above offenses.  The suspect was processed at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center with a $426,000.00 secured bond. 


  • 1 misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • 2 felony counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine
  • 1 felony count of Manufacturing a Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • 3 felony counts of Possession of a Precursor with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • 1 felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle for Use, Storage, or Sale of a Controlled Substance


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