4 arrested after drug search

Published 1:09 pm Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Four Atmore men were arrested on drug charges on Thursday after sheriff’s deputies and Drug Task Force agents searched for drugs at an Atmore residence.

According to information from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, four men were arrested and charged during the incident. Their charges and bonds were as follows:

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• Thomas Longmire, two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana, $100,000 bond.

• Ian Martin, unlawful possession of a controlled substance/synthetic and resisting arrest, $5,000 bond.

• Jerry Johnson, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, $5,000 bond.

• Chuck McNeal, unlawful possession of a controlled substance/hydrocodone, $5,000 bond.

According to ECSO officials, agents with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force and sheriff’s deputies served an arrest warrant Thursday on Longmire, at 213 Maxwell St., for the charges listed above.

While at the residence, law enforcement officials discovered that Martin was in possession of seven packs of synthetic marijuana, and he reportedly attempted to flee on foot.

After a short pursuit, Deputy Preston Hill and Deputy Michael Sanderson were able to apprehend Martin. He was then arrested and charged.

While at the residence, the officers were given permission to search the vehicles in the yard. DTF agents reportedly found more than one pound of marijuana in Johnson’s vehicle.

The vehicle was seized and Johnson was arrested and charged.
A K-9 drug dog also reacted to a scent in McNeal’s vehicle. When officers searched the vehicle, they reportedly found a bag of hydrocodone pills. McNeal was arrested and charged.

All four suspects were booked into the Escambia County Detention Center.