HAMLET — A felon with more than a dozen criminal convictions is accused of selling heroin and prescription painkillers to undercover sheriff’s deputies.
Jessie James Womble, 46, of Beeler Avenue in Hamlet, was arrested at his home last Thursday. Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Childers said deputies obtained arrest warrants on Womble after he sold them drugs at various locations.
Deputies charged Womble with three counts each of selling or delivering a Schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, two counts of trafficking opium and one count each of selling heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance.
Womble has convictions in North Carolina dating back to 1990, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Corrections. He’s been out of prison since May 2009, when he was released after serving a 2-month sentence on charges of communicating threats and driving while license revoked in Richmond County.
Prison system records show that Womble was previously incarcerated on assault on a female, habitual misdemeanor assault, impaired driving and felonious restraint charges. In 1994, he was convicted of selling a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.
Womble also has pending traffic charges — including driving while license revoked, displaying a fictitious or altered registration card or tag and operating a vehicle with no insurance — in Richmond County, according to court records.
Deputies booked Womble into the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
— Corey Friedman