Atmore man arrested on drug charges

Published 7:46 pm Thursday, May 3, 2012

Suspicious behavior inside Rite Aid Pharmacy Wednesday evening led to a phone call that put an Atmore man behind bars and facing drug charges.

Harold Scott Bagwell, 46, was arrested by Atmore police officers after he and another man were spotted “acting nervously” in the store, where they purchased Sudafed, a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A pharmacy clerk called the police to report the behavior Drug Task Force agent Scott Walden said.


The men were reported to be traveling in a silver minivan, and minutes later were stopped by APD officers. Walden said officers Isaac Lopez Shaun Golden and Steve Morris, along with Sgt. Ray Rolin questioned Bagwell, who was driving the vehicle, and two passengers. One passenger, Ronnie White, 30, was arrested on Poarch Road in March on drug charges involving meth Walden said.

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Bagwell gave officers consent to search his vehicle where they turned up approximately one gram of what appeared to be meth, over 70 pills consisting of Xanex, Loritab and other unidentified medications, digital scales, pipes consistent with those used for smoking meth and small clear plastic bags.

Walden said Bagwell, who is on probation, took responsibility for everything in the vehicle and was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and pills, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported Atmore city jail to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton Thursday afternoon.

Bagwell’s passengers were released from the scene. They were not charged with a crime.