Agents seize 14 grams of cocaine from Atmore man

Published 10:26 pm Monday, August 23, 2010

A drug bust last Friday evening netted 14 grams of cocaine after agents with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force along with local law enforcement agents conducted a raid in Atmore.

Craig Dewayne Brown, 35, of 1106 N. Main St., Lot 51 was arrested after agents discovered the cocaine in his sewer pipe after kicking it loose during the raid.

“Agents noticed that the toilet had just recently been flushed and immediately kicked the pipe open and a bag of what is believed to be cocaine fell out,” investigator Scott Walden said.

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Upon arrival on the scene, approximately 10 officers quickly exited their vehicles, approached Brown’s mobile home, entered it and immediately placed Brown under arrest. The suspect was then escorted out of the home while narcotics officers searched it for drugs. During their search, they discovered that the toilet had been flushed. Officers immediately began pulling skirting from the mobile home searching for the sewer pipe and once discovered, kicked it open.

Officers with the Atmore Police and Poarch Tribal police departments and deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s office assisted in the drug raid, which occurred just before 7 p.m. Officers quickly secured the exits of the mobile home park and began questioning individuals and residents near Brown’s home. Four other men were cuffed outside the home where they were shooting dice, but they were later released after the scene was secure.

The street value of the cocaine is approximately $1,400, according to Walden.

“Mr. Brown has been under investigation since 2007 for distributing narcotics,” Walden said.

Brown is currently behind bars in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton. He is being held on a $100,000 bond for two felony counts of distribution and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Craig Dewayne Brown, 35, of 1106 N. Main St., Lot 51 near Avenue E, was arrested Friday evening after officers discovered cocaine during a raid of his home.|Photo by Adam Prestridge