Last week, officers from the Atmore Police Department (APD) and deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) carried out two searches at two residences resulting in five arrests, all related to drug possession and / or distribution.
Search for one suspect nets two others
On Thursday, December 20, the APD and ECSO executed a search warrant on Fourth Street, looking for a suspect in a previous incident.
According to Scott Walden with the 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, “Upon arriving at the address, officers observed a black male running from the residence. Officers caught the subject within 15 yards of the address.”
The subject, Ricky Craft, 29, of Atmore was found to be in possession of two bags of marijuana with a total weight of 21.6 grams. The content of one of the bags had already been packaged for sale with several bags inside.
A search of the residence turned up another 3.5 grams of marijuana and 2.4 grams of crack cocaine.
J. L. Banks Jr., the subject residing in the home, was arrested for possession of marijuana in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance. Craft was arrested for possession of marijuana in the first degree. Both were transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton and are now each out on $5,000 bond.
Three arrested in two-month operation
On Saturday, December 22, the APD and ECSO initiated a search of a home at 2099 Pouncey Road in Atmore, resulting in the arrest of three adults and the removal of a child from her mother’s custody.
“The home had been under surveillance for about two months,” Walden said. “It was suspected that meth was being manufactured inside. We had a tip that several one-pot cooks were going to take place that night.”
Upon entering the residence, officers noted a distinct smell of marijuana.
Four subjects were in the home, two males and two females. The males were Bobby Hughes, 35 and LaPatrick Smith, 33. The females were Jessica Rolin, 22, and her three-year-old daughter. All four are from Atmore.
Officers noticed a bag of marijuana and a rolled cigarette in a cup.
The search of the home turned up chemicals used in the production of meth, but in quantities insufficient to initiate prosecution.
The Department of Human Resources was contacted and the three-year-old girl was turned over to her grandparent.
All three adults were arrested and charged with chemical endangerment of a child for exposing her to marijuana. Rolin was charged with possession of a controlled substance, Loritabs, and possession of marijuana in the second degree. Hughes, the owner of the home, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, Loritabs, possession of marijuana in the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was charged with possession of marijuana in the first degree due to a prior conviction for possession in the State of Alabama.
All three subjects were transported to the Escambia County Detention Center and were later released on $30,000 bond each.