Three arrested for marijuana

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Several marijuana arrests were made in Covington County during the weekend in separate locations, according to law enforcement officials in those areas.

Alfred Piland, 26, of Horn Hill was arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

According to a Covington County Sheriff's Department arrest report, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Piland was originally stopped on a highway (not specified) for not wearing a seat belt.

The release stated upon search of the vehicle the arresting deputy found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The arresting officer reported the suspect gave officers consent to search his residence, and five other bags of marijuana were found. The suspect admitted the bags were his.

Although the bond amount for Piland's arrest was not specified, Sheriff Anthony Clark said, "The amount was probably be more than a (typical possession of marijuana II charge) because of the (extra amount of the) drug found at the residence.

"The officers had probable cause (and consent) to search the residence in which they obtained a search warrant," added Clark.

A separate, unrelated marijuana arrest of Alex MacDonald, a Lurleen B. Wallace Community College student bearing a Montgomery County license plate, was made, according to River Falls Police Chief Jeff Holland.

"(The arresting officer) originally stopped MacDonald for a traffic violation," Holland said. "Upon being stopped, an odor associated with marijuana came from the suspect's vehicle, and a small amount of the drug was found."

Holland added he was off duty, but he followed the suspect "who was driving erratically" from Georgiana to River Falls, where he could contact a RFPD officer to make the stop.

The bond amount for MacDonald was set at $1,500 - $1,000 for marijuana II possession and $500 for possession of drug paraphernalia, and the suspect was released Sunday from the Covington County Jail on bond.

David Gothard, 43, was arrested for "a small amount of marijuana found by (an FPD officer)," Lamar Mitchell, chief of the Florala Police Department said.

Gothard was stopped for a traffic violation Saturday at approximately 9 p.m. on Hwy. 331, according to Mitchell.

Mitchell said bond was set at $1,000 – $500 each for the possession and paraphernalia charges.