PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Prichard Police credit a new program for three major drug arrests in two days. Prichard’s new police chief, Jerry Speziale, is calling this a “step in the right direction.”
A normal traffic stop that led to a high-speed chase led Prichard Police to seize $1,500, two ounces of marijuana, a 9MM Taurus Millennium Pistol with a fully loaded magazine and one bullet in the chamber, and two drug paraphernalia items. Dammon Jones and Edgar Holmes Jr., of Prichard, were arrested Thursday, October 31, for possession of the items.
Police said they spotted the men speeding down Main Street, and when they attempted to pull the car over, the men sped away from police, leading a high-speed chase and ending in the men crashing in to a pole.
Once the men were apprehended, police found the items in a black bag in their car.
"Any time you get a gun off the street, to me, it saves a life," said Lt. Walter Knight with Prichard Police. "It's never good to have, especially when you have somebody that's unlicensed to carry a gun, so we're moving in a good direction. We're also trying to send a message out that this type of behavior won't be tolerated in the City of Prichard."
A separate case Wednesday, October 30, led to the confiscation of 17 Xanax bars, 77 Lortabs, $900, and a 2009 GMC Sierra truck.
Prichard Police said they responded to a domestic violence call, and upon arresting the suspect, they searched the vehicle and found a hollowed-out soda can with the pills hidden inside.
Police said 36-year-old Corrie McGee of Mobile was arrested in the case, on charges of domestic violence and possession of a controlled substance.
McGee was released on bail around 1 p.m. Thursday.
Chief Speziale applauds his officers for their hard work and expertise in these busts.
"When the community respects our authority and sees us as legitimate, they will assist us and respect us because we are legitimate, "said Speziale. "The officers here, the men and women, are doing a fantastic job. They are not only being reactive, but proactive."
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