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Liquid ecstasy overdose leads to concerning gun cache discovery

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Fayetteville Police say they seized 47 guns as part of their investigation. Fayetteville Police say they seized 47 guns as part of their investigation.
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Fayetteville police seized nearly 50 guns from the home of a woman accused of giving three children liquid ecstasy last week, leading to their overdose.

Police believe Ashley Elizabeth Skaggs-Smith, 21, provided MDMA to the children sometime early Thursday morning.

Police said the children -- ages 12, 13 and 14 -- immediately began experiencing medical distress, at which point officers were called to the 5100 block of Hewitt Drive, where police believe they ingested the drug.

All three were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Assistant Police Chief Charles Kimble said they have been released from the hospital and should not have any long-term health problems.

Police subsequently arrested Skaggs-Smith and charged her with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A search of her home nearby at 425 Waterbury Drive yielded 47 weapons and illegal narcotics. Four of the weapons were stolen and one shotgun had been altered to be classified as a weapon of mass destruction, according to police.

Boyce Jeff Sizemore, 51, was also arrested. He is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA, maintaining a dwelling for possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA, possession of stolen firearms, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and misdemeanor child abuse.

Kimble said multiple teams within the department are investigating. He said there was concern that the drugs and guns were a danger to the community.

"It's customary that weapons are used to protect the narcotics in the furtherance of the crime," Kimble said. "So they were seized in connection with that narcotics situation."

Capt. Chuck Hunter said his investigations unit is looking into the possibility that the guns were purchased using straw purchasers, or that the guns have been involved in other illegal activity.

"When you have a narcotics investigation and this many weapons in conjunction with a narcotics arrest, it is our due diligence to take a look at these," Hunter said. "If they all come back clear and there's no problems, then we'll do the process and those weapons will be returned.

"But if there's anything else there, we're certainly open and able to pursue additional charges that may come out of this investigation."

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