DTF nabs dealer, manufacturer

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, November 21, 2012



Drug Task Force agents have worked the last two days to arrest a suspected drug dealer and another suspected drug manufacturer.

The first arrest came Monday, ending a two-week investigation, when DTF agent Mitch Scofield arrested John Knighten Jr. at his Andalusia home, DTF Commander Mark Odom said.

Knighten faces two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and possession charges after agents documented two drug purchases from the man, Odom said.

“With this arrest, we’re continuing our effort to stop the sale of illegal narcotics,” Odom said. “Agents went to Knighten’s Kayla Lane home, south of Andalusia, performed a search and located (more than) an ounce of marijuana.”

The second arrest occurred later when agents went to a home on County Line Loop just east of Opp to investigate reports of drug activity, DTF agent Greg Jackson said.

There, agents found 32-year-old Robert Snell who was in possession of Coleman fuel, drain opener, muriatic acid, cold packs and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine. Odom said Snell also had finished product methamphetamine.

“We believe that Snell was cooking methamphetamine here, but apparently he did a good job disposing of his meth labs,” Jackson said. “Although we were not able to locate enough ingredients to charge him with manufacturing a controlled substance, we are glad to put him out of business.”

Snell, however, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Odom said agents are working to remain balanced in their drug investigations.

“Although methamphetamine is making a steady comeback with the trafficking of ‘ice’ and the one pot cook method, we remain dedicated to staying on top of marijuana, cocaine and prescription pill dealers, as well,” Odom said.

Knighten was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on $223,000 bond, while Snell was held on a $60,000 bond.