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Richmond County woman facing drug charges in 3 counties

ROCKINGHAM — A woman with outstanding drug warrants in two counties was allegedly caught with meth, heroin and cocaine early Sunday morning.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was patrolling around the area of Wiregrass and County Home roads around 2:30 a.m. Nov. 13 when he noticed a truck parked against a convenience store with the driver’s side door open.

When the deputy stopped to check things out, he reportedly encountered 33-year-old Amanda Kay Pate of Marston.

Pate reportedly gave the deputy a paper ID with a female’s name and a birthdate that would have made her 16 years old.

“It was apparent the female was older than 16,” a press release reads.

After identifying Pate, deputies found out that she had outstanding warrants in neighboring counties, according to the sheriff’s office.

During the arrest, deputies reportedly found methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and unspecified drug paraphernalia.

Pate was served with the outstanding warrants — possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in Scotland County, and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in Hoke County — and faces the following charges in Richmond County:

  • Possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of cocaine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Resisting a public officer

Richmond County Jail records show Pate is also charged with two out-of-county probation violations and is being held on a combined $250,000 secured bond.

Jail records show Pate is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 1 on the Richmond County drug charges, Dec. 5 on the probation violations, Dec. 12 in Scotland County and Dec. 19 in Hoke County.

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Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Pate as a probation absconder. She was given a 24-month suspended sentence in September 2021 when she was convicted on two counts of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia in Montgomery County.

Pate was also given probation in 2019 when convicted of second-degree trespassing a misdemeanor larceny in Scotland County.

Records show Pate was first convicted in 2011 of driving while impaired in Richmond County.

She was subsequently convicted in Moore County of misdemeanor larceny (2012) and driving while impaired (2014).

Two weeks after the larceny conviction, Pate’s probation on the Richmond County DWI was revoked, landing her behind bars for two weeks.

She also has been twice convicted of driving while her license was revoked in Richmond County (2016, 2018).

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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