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April 16, 2011

Authorities chase down drug suspects

— Limestone County authorities had to chase down drug suspects in separate incidents Thursday and Friday after they assaulted deputies and tried to flee on foot, an official said.

On Friday morning, Mooresville residents reported seeing a suspicious man around the Post Office and called authorities, said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.

“The subject was described as being muddy from head to toe and was virtually incoherent,” Blakely said.

When deputies arrived, they located Bobby Wayne Russell, 37, last known address 131 W. Second St. in Falkville, and Brian L. Nelson, 38, of 253 Hills Chapel Road in Falkville.

“While Deputy Nick Daniel was searching Russell for weapons, he found a small bag of methamphetamine in Russell’s pants pocket,” Lt. Lance Royals said. “While Russell was doing that, the guy turned around and hit him in the side of the head with the back of his fist, and Russell took off running on foot into the woods.”

Deputies Tom Gilbert, Daniel and Ron Crouch ended up catching him at the woods line. They found a bag of meth on Russell and four bags on Nelson, he said.

Russell, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, resisting arrest and assault, was in the Limestone County Jail with bail set at $12,000.

Nelson, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, was jailed with bail set at $6,000.

Separate bust

In a separate drug arrest Thursday, LaJarvis Cortez Malone, 27, of 502 Irvin St. in Athens, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana, attempting to elude and second-degree assault on a deputy, Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said.

Royals and Investigator Johnny Morell had been survelling Malone for weeks after receiving complaints about him allegedly roaming the streets dealing drugs, Royals said.

“Me and Johnny had been watching him and he had been making the round and dropping off dope here and there,” Royals said.

Investigator Josh McLaughlin pulled Malone over Thursday.

“While patting him down, McLaughlin felt something in the front of Malone’s pants that didn’t belong there, ” Royals said. “Malone pushed Josh and started wrestling with him a second and then took off.”

Deputy Cody Lewter and Nick Daniel were getting out of their patrol cars as McLaughlin was beginning to check Malone for weapons and ran after the suspect, Royals said.

“When he was free, he dropped a bottle with hydrocodone pills and he threw a paper sack with 90 hydrocodone pills. In a sock stuffed in the crotch of Malone’s pants, deputies found a small amount of marijuana, several grams of crack cocaine and some more hydrocodone pills.”

The 10-milligram hydrocodone pills have a street value of about $450, where they are typically sold for $5 to $7 per pill, Royals said. Even though Malone is accused of having only a small amount of marijuana, he is facing a first-degree marijuana charge because he has a prior conviction, the lieutenant said.

Malone remained in the Limestone County Jail Friday with bail set at $21,000.


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