Ten arrested in ECSO saturation detail
By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP
Advance Managing Editor
A search conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for suspects wanted on outstanding warrants Friday ended with ten arrests made in the Atmore area.
Investigators, deputies and agents with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force conducted the saturation detail. Many of the arrests made were from felony warrants in which the suspects had been avoiding arrest while some of the other arrests came as a direct result of the saturation.
By the end of the saturation detail, a total of ten suspects were taken to the Escambia County Detention Center and over $4,000 in cash was seized along with weapons and narcotics.
A saturation detail is conducted by the sheriff's office from time to time. It is an organized detail where groups of law enforcement officers conduct searches for those who have warrants posted against them. Typically, individual officers are given these warrants and it is their responsibility to find the suspects as part of their day-to-day duties.
As a result of the detail, David Hudson, a 26 year-old male of 262 Carver Ave., was located and charged with two counts of robbery, first degree and two counts of failure to appear.
One of the robberies Hudson was charged with occurred in April on East Sunset Drive. In that incident, several hundred dollars was taken at gunpoint from two females. The other robbery charge stems from an investigation by the Atmore Police Department.
Hudson is also being investigated for the Nov. 17 robbery and assault of a 50 year-old male in an alleged confrontation on Shipp Circle in Atmore. Several hundred dollars was stolen during that incident.
Also arrested was Michael Williams, a 29 year-old male, who was charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
While conducting a search for one suspect, deputies arrested two men for allegedly being in possession of illegal drugs. Labaron Walker, a 22 year-old male, and Robert Lee, a 25 year-old male, were both arrested for possession of marijuana, second degree by agents of the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force.
After searching the residence, agents seized additional marijuana, cocaine and illegal weapons. Two additional people, Corey Henderson, a 31 year-old male of Atmore and Mary Powers, a female of Atmore, were arrested inside the residence.
Sheriff's deputies also found Timothy Flowers, an 18 year-old male who was arrested and charged with domestic violence, third degree and also for active burglary warrants from Baldwin County. Flowers was found by officials on Sardis Church Road, east of Atmore.
Deputies were also searching for Mark Hall, a 25 year-old male of Terrance Street in Atmore, for failure to appear warrants. When deputies approached to arrest the suspect at his residence, sheriff officials said he was flushing marijuana down a toilet. The remaining marijuana was seized and Hall was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, first degree.
Officers arrested two more men in the Atmore area on various warrants. Gregory Thames, a 30 year-old male, was arrested on Freemanville Road and charged with receiving stolen property. Norman Henderson, a 50 year-old male, was arrested and charged with a probation violation. Upon his arrest, deputies said items considered to be drug paraphernalia were found in Henderson's possession. He was subsequently charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
The detail was coordinated by Sheriff's Patrol Lieutenant Tommy America and Investigative Lieutenant Chuck McMullen.