Florala nets drug arrests

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 3, 2003

A man allegedly attempting to sell drugs to children was arrested last week near Lockhart by the Florala police. It was one of three drug arrests made recently, according to Perry Williams of the Florala Police Department, who was the arresting officer in all three cases.

"We got a call from a citizen in Lockhart who stated a black male driving a gold Crown Victoria approached her kids in the yard, trying to sell them drugs," said Williams. "I made contact with him (Tobias Adams) about 20 minutes later and I asked him for consent to search."

The search of the suspect's car revealed a number of individually wrapped packages of marijuana for distribution, leading to charges of possession of marijuana I charges.

Saturday, Williams arrested two more on POM charges after a traffic stop on Highway 331.

"I stopped him for speeding on 331," said Williams, referring to suspect Mervin Dumas Jr., of Milton, Fla. "He was doing 73 in a 55. I walked up to him and smelled the alcohol."

Williams said Dumas could not find his driver's license, and when he stepped out of his vehicle to look for it, the officer saw an open cup with alcohol in it.

"I asked him how much he'd had to drink, and he said none," said Williams. With consent to search given, Williams found two bottles of alcohol in the tool box and when he went back to search the interior of the vehicle, he found a pill bottle with what he believes are four marijuana joints inside.

According to Williams, the passenger in the vehicle, Peter Reynolds of Bagdad, Fla., admitted they had been smoking marijuana and a further search revealed another pill bottle with a joint inside.

"I completely searched the vehicle, found 3 packs of rolling papers, also pulled a pair of tweezers out of Dumas' pocket," said Williams.

The two men were charged with possession of marijuana II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and because the alcohol had been purchased in Florida, possession of untaxed beverage.

Williams said other charges may be forthcoming.