Traffic stops net drug arrests

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, September 21, 2010

An overtime traffic grant has led to two drug arrests and another for carrying a pistol without a license.

Chief Deputy David Anderson said the Covington County Sheriff’s Department received the grant, which will cover the overtime costs for deputies, from the Alabama Depart-ment of Economic and Com-munity Affairs. The blitz began Thursday and will conclude on Sept. 23.

“This grant will be used to work some of the high traffic areas on the county roads and state highways,” Anderson said. “So far, numerous citations have been issued for several traffic violations, while at least three people were arrested for more serious charges.”

Those included David Alan King, 21, who was arrested at approximately 4:20 a.m. Monday after deputies found prescription pills in his possession.

Rodney Obrian Johnson, 27, who was taken into custody on Sunday, was stopped for a traffic violation and was found to have a controlled substance in his possession. His case, like King’s, was turned over the Drug Task Force, and he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as a violation of probation warrant. He is currently being held in the county jail without bond.

On Saturday at approximately 6 p.m., Earl Michael Harper, 38, was arrested for driving while under the influence and possession of a pistol without a permit following a traffic stop.