(provided by the Mitchell County Sheriff's Department)
Mitchell County Deputies arrested Joshua William Honeycutt, age 34, of Tempie Mountain Road, Spruce Pine, on numerous felony and misdemeanor drug charges, along with motor vehicle violations.
Captain R.V. Wiseman said deputies were contacted by Sheriff Street. Sheriff Street had received a phone call stating Honeycutt was leaving a known drug dealer home on Tempie Mountain Road. Sheriff Street advised the deputies Honeycutt was operating a black Jeep.
Deputy D.S. Buchanan observed the Honeycutt pulling onto US19E from Tempie Mountain Road. Honeycutt observed Deputy Buchanan turning on him. Deputy Buchanan attempted to turn and stop Honeycutt, but traffic was so heavy it took the deputy a minute to back his turn.
Deputy Buchanan observed Honeycutt pull into Hardee’s parking lot and exit the vehicle and go inside the restaurant.
Deputy Buchanan along with Deputy C.H. McClintick and J.B. Masters set up surveillance on Honeycutt.
Honeycutt had been inside Hardee’s for several minutes. A white male then exited Hardee’s and removed the license plate from Honeycutt’s Jeep and put it inside the Jeep.
A couple minutes later after the other white male had reentered Hardee’s, Honeycutt exited Hardee’s and walked towards the Jeep. As Honeycutt entered the Jeep and started to back out, the deputies pulled in behind him and confronted him.
Deputies located the license plate the other male had removed from the Jeep, which turned out to be a fictitious tag. Deputy Buchanan asks Honeycutt for his driver’s license. Honeycutt advised he did not have his license. Deputy Buchanan had Mitchell Communication to check DMV to see if Honeycutt had a driver’s license. Mitchell Communications advised the deputy Honeycutt’s driver license was revoked and there was a warrant for Honeycutt in McDowell County.
Deputy McClintick then placed Honeycutt under arrest on the McDowell County warrant. Deputy McClintick and Masters then proceeded to search Honeycutt. Deputies located several Suboxone Sublingual strips in his front pants pocket. Deputy McClintick then had Honeycutt set down in the back of his patrol car. Honeycutt was wearing a pair of thick knee high boots. The boots were so thick Deputy McClintick could not feel if there was anything in the boots. Deputy McClintick asks Honeycutt to remove the boots. Honeycutt began yelling, “Ok you got it.” Honeycutt kicked off one of the boots and a plastic bag containing approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine, another plastic bag containing marijuana, and a glass pipe fell out of the boot.
Captain Wiseman arrived at the scene and asks Honeycutt about the meth and marijuana. Honeycutt just kept on repeating, “I can’t believe she set me up.” Captain Wiseman asked Honeycutt who he was talking about. Honeycutt stated, ‘’you know who I am talking about.” Captain Wiseman advised Honeycutt he did not know who he was talking about.
Deputy McClintick then transported Honeycutt to the Magistrate’s Office to be processed.
Captain Wiseman obtained arrest warrants on Honeycutt for possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of Schedule III, maintain vehicle for keeping and selling controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia.
Honeycutt was placed under a $150,000.00 secured bond by Magistrate Randy Virnelson. Honeycutt began to cuss the Magistrate and received 30 days for Contempt of Court by Magistrate Virnelson.
Deputy Buchanan issued Honeycutt a citation for driving while license revoked and fictitious tag.
Captain Wiseman said the Lord gets tired of these people dealing these drugs that ruining ours communities. So with the help of the Lord and this fine group of deputies we are able to take one off the street.
Sheriff Street advised he appreciated the tip he got on this individual and the hard work his deputies is doing to fight the drugs.
Sheriff Street advised anyone with information on illegal activity could call him or the Sheriff’s Office at 828/688-3982. All calls are confidential.