Checkpoint leads to four arrests

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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The Covington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a driver’s license and equipment checkpoint on more than 200 cars Friday, Jan. 28, which resulted in four arrests.

“Most of the vehicles had no problems and were greeted and released. Several citations were issued and warnings for equipment violations and driver’s license violations among other things. However, some sure enough criminals were apprehended as well,” said Sheriff Blake Turman.

According to the press release, the following individuals were arrested as a result of the checkpoint: William Arnaud, Steven Silas of Geneva, Alan Danh of Opp, and Michael Navarre.

Arnaud was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of marijuana, and trafficking methamphetamine.

“Arnaud showed indicators of being elusive and raised a reasonable suspicion to investigate further. Deputy Clay Conway was able to gain access to the vehicle legally and discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia, and more than $12,000 in cash. The drugs were packaged to distribute. Arnaud was given a $173,000 bond. The money and vehicle are currently in the process of being seized in accordance with the law,” Turman said.

A child occupying the vehicle with Arnaud was released to Covington County DHR.

Silas was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm with no concealed carry permit. He also had warrants from Geneva County.

“Deputy Phillip Barrette conducted a legal search of the car driven by Silas that resulted in the discovery of a pistol and over $18,000 in cash. A review of Silas’ record revealed that he had warrants from Geneva County and that he is currently under investigation for drug trafficking. The cash found is being seized in accordance with the law. His bond was set at $13,000,” Turman said.

Danh was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a pistol without a permit.

“Deputy Joshua Sullivant observed an odor of cannabis and legally searched the vehicle driven by Danh. He discovered a large quantity of marijuana, a concealed weapon, and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $13,500,” Turman said.

Navarre is facing charges related to the possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

“During a conversation with Navarre, Deputy Sullivant was able to gain access legally and conduct a search of the car. This resulted in the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Navarre was arrested and his bond was set at $10,500.”