Suspect ‘wrestles;’ DTF wins

Published 12:30 am Saturday, March 15, 2014

A call from a concerned citizen Thursday in Opp led to the arrest of a Covington County man on charges of resisting arrest and possession of narcotics.

Greg Jackson, an agent with the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, said 25-year-old Desmond Young was arrested after Jackson received a call Thursday from Opp Police Department stating a citizen had reported a male smoking marijuana in public.

“They called me and gave me the info and I went to the location and observed a man smoking what appeared to be marijuana,” Jackson said. “I got out and approached him and ended up arresting a juvenile for obstruction and providing false information.”

Jackson said it was at that point that he noticed Young nearby.

“I noticed the smell of marijuana coming off him,” he said. “I patted him down and that’s when he snatched away and began to fight.”

Jackson said a “wrestling match” ensued as Young made the risky decision to engage in a physical altercation with police.

“We don’t play that,” Jackson said. “I found seven bags of marijuana and crack cocaine on him.”

Jackson said Young was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. Jackson said Young was booked into the Covington County Jail with a pricey bond of $330,000, due in large part to his physical resisting of officers.