A Nelson County man set to go to trial Tuesday on four felony charges pleaded guilty at the last minute.
34-year-old Thomas Huffman admitted to four felonies just as the court was preparing to give the jury instructions. The charges included possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Last April, deputies seized about $200,000 of the drug, along with $16,000 in cash and 18 firearms.
The judge revoked Huffman's bond. His sentencing hearing is set for March 12.
Commonwealth's Attorney for Nelson County Press Release
On Tuesday January 8, 2013 Thomas Massie Huffman, 35 years old, of Davis Creek, pleaded guilty to 2 charges of distributing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possessing firearms while possessing methamphetamine.
Huffman entered his guilty pleas before closing arguments in Tuesday's jury trial. A jury of 12 men and women were selected Tuesday morning and heard evidence from the Commonwealth. After the conclusion of the evidence, Huffman chose not to present any evidence and chose to plead guilty before the case went to the jury for deliberation.
The investigation into Huffman began in April 2012 when Robbie Brooks and Becky Adcock of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office was able to arrange two purchases of methamphetamine from Huffman using an undercover informant.
After those purchases, authorities obtained a search warrant for Huffman's property on Davis Creek. On April 11, 2012, authorities found over 193 grams of methamphetamine, over $14,000 in cash, scales and 16 firearms. A safe containing most of the cash in Huffman's bedroom contained several bills from the two undercover drug purchases several days before.
Robby Brooks testified as an expert witness in drug distribution that Huffman had approximately $14,000 worth of methamphetamine in his home and that drug dealers very often have large amounts of cash and firearms. Huffman also had digital scales which dealers often use to measure out doses.
After Huffman entered his guilty pleas, the jury was excused and Huffman was taken into custody. Huffman will be sentenced on March 12, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Each distribution charge carries up to 40 years in prison and the firearm charge carries a mandatory, minimum 5 year sentence.
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