Sheriff’s office seizes package with 25 pounds of marijuana

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By Jenny Arnold

HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man was arrested on several drug charges after drug officers found a package containing 25 pounds of marijuana at his home Wednesday.

William Curtis Haggins, 38, of 643 Hart St., was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the sheriff’s office received information that Haggins would be getting a delivery of 25 pounds of marijuana at his home.

The sheriff’s office had received complaints about drug activity at the home, the report said.

According to an incident report, officers conducting surveillance saw Haggins take a package they suspected contained the marijuana to a workshop at the home.

Officers obtained search warrants for the shop and home, the report said. They seized two cell phones, a rifle, a shotgun, a .25-caliber handgun and a .44 magnum pistol.

Officers also found 10 bottles of idocaine, a prescription medication, and syringes in Haggins’ bedroom.

There were about 25 pit bulls chained in a wooded area in the yard.

Haggins reportedly told deputies he used the lidocaine for when his dogs “were bitten by a snake or injured somehow.”

Faile said the drug may have been used to numb the dogs for fighting. The dogs were not seized.

Inside a refrigerator in the shop, officers found a spoon with crack cocaine residue on it, according to the report.

The report said Haggins told officers that he did not own the cell phones, and that the home was actually 642, not 643, Hart Street. Haggins also told officers he used the guns for hunting, and didn’t realize he couldn’t own guns for hunting if he was a convicted felon, the report said.

Officers also seized $1,061 from Haggins.

Faile said the sheriff’s office may turn the gun charge over to federal authorities. Federal cases often mean more prison time for a conviction.

Haggins remained at the Lancaster County Detention Center on Saturday on a $215,000 bond.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151