Man pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

Michael Mullins

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man faces prison time for committing drug crimes last year.

Michael Lee Mullins, 32, of Edinburg, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of distributing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm with drugs.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted Mullins’ pleas and scheduled sentencing for July 18. The Class 6 felony of possession of a firearm with drugs carries a mandatory minimum punishment of two years in prison. A conviction of distribution of methamphetamine carries a punishment of no less than five years nor more than 40 years in prison.

An indictment handed up by a grand jury in December charges Mullins with distributing methamphetamine on Jan. 23, 2017.

A criminal complaint filed with the charging documents states that Investigator P.A. Bernd responded to 319 Borum St., Strasburg, on Jan. 23, 2017, to execute a search warrant arising from a suspected drug overdose. The investigator states he recovered approximately two grams of suspected methamphetamine, several plastic bags and a digital scale.

Amanda Mullins

During interviews, Mullins acknowledged that the crystalline substance inside a container was methamphetamine. His wife Amanda Mullins  also acknowledged the substance was methamphetamine. Michael Mullins also admitted in interviews that he had actively distributed methamphetamine prior to Jan. 23 and that he had planned to distribute the rest of the drug seized.

A grand jury indicted Mullins on Feb. 14 on charges of distributing a controlled substance, possession of a firearm with drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, altering the serial number on a gun and driving on a suspended license, stemming from an incident Sept. 19, 2017. The grand jury also indicted Mullins on two counts of distribution of drugs.

A criminal complaint filed relative to the Sept. 19 charges indicates that Woodstock police Sgt. B.S. Miller responded to a report of a man found unresponsive in the drive-thru of the McDonald’s in town. Miller met with Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cody Brill who stated a McDonald’s employee flagged him down to alert him about the unresponsive man. Brill had awoken the man and had the suspect in his vehicle, the complaint states.

Miller states that he immediately noticed the butt of a pistol sticking from underneath the driver’s seat of the Mullins’ vehicle. Miller states he detained Mullins and asked him about the firearm. Mullins said he didn’t know what the officer was talking about, the complaint states. Miller secured the pistol, a 9mm Highpoint, and noticed the firearm had a bullet loaded in the chamber. The officer determined Mullins did not have a concealed firearm permit.

Due to Mullins’ lethargic appearance and inability to stay awake, Miller states he called emergency medical services to check on the suspect. Mullins told the officer he felt tired and had not slept.

A search of the vehicle turned up a black zipper case containing multiple needles; white-colored crystal in a clear, plastic bag; multiple baggies; scales, metal containers and trays and packaging materials, the complaint states. The crystals tested positive for methamphetamine. The serial number on the pistol had been removed. A sunglasses case in Mullins’ pants pocket contained a glass, smoking device with brown residue.

Amanda Mullins pleaded guilty in the circuit court on Feb. 16 to one count of possession of a controlled substance stemming from a Sept. 18, 2017 incident. She received a two-year prison sentence, all time suspended. Authorities say Amanda Mullins distributed drugs on multiple occasions a month later. A grand jury indicted Amanda Mullins on June 13 on four counts of distribution of a controlled substance on different occasions in March. Amanda Mullins is scheduled to appear in the circuit court Aug. 8.