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Nelson County Man Sentenced on Drug, Gun Charges

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On Tuesday, a Nelson County man was sentenced to 35 years in prison, seven of which he must serve, on a series of drug charges.

In January, Thomas Huffman, 35, pleaded guilty to four felony charges - including the distribution and possession of methamphetamine.

Deputies seized about $200,000 worth of  drugs, along with more than $14,000 in cash and 16 firearms from Huffman's home in April 2012.

Huffman will be on probation for 20 years when he gets out of prison.

Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney
Press Release

This morning in Nelson County Circuit Court, Thomas Massie Huffman, 35-years-old, received a 35 year prison sentence, seven years of which he must serve, and $3,000 in fines, on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and possessing a firearm while possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Huffman will be on probation for 20 years when he gets out of prison. In addition to the prison sentence, 16 firearms that were seized by Nelson County law enforcement were forfeited to the Commonwealth.  If Huffman violates the terms of his probation during the 20-year probation period, he could be brought back before the Court and made to serve some, or all, of the 28 years that were suspended.

Anthony Martin, the Commonwealth's Attorney, said "that this was one of the biggest drug cases in Nelson County for quite some time. The evidence shown in January to the jury overwhelmingly painted the picture of Huffman's heavy involvement in selling methamphetamine, one of the most deadly and addictive drugs."

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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