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Man arrested on drug, assault charges

A Brewton man wanted for assault and other crimes was arrested Friday afternoon in Atmore, and is now facing additional drug-related charges.

Eric Dean Vickers, 30, of 815 Barnett Highway, in Brewton, will now face charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of precursor chemicals. He had been wanted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office on at least two outstanding warrants of assault and domestic violence — strangulation, according to Scott Walden, an agent with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force.

Vickers was transferred to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.

Walden said that law enforcement officers learned Friday that Vickers might be at a friend’s residence at 471 Jack Springs Road. At approximately 3:30 p.m., DTF agents, Atmore Police Department officers, agents with the U.S. Marshals Service and members of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team surrounded the residence.

Eric Dean Vickers

Eric Dean Vickers

Walden said that law enforcement officers found Vickers in a bedroom beside the residence, where he was staying. After searching Vickers’ room, officers found 6 grams of marijuana, 1-1/2 grams of methamphetamine, several pseudoephedrine pills, two cans of spray paint and a bottle of lye. The pills, spray paint and lye can be used to manufacture meth, Walden said.

Vickers also possessed three meth pipes at the time of his arrest, Walden said. Vickers admitted to owning all the drug-related items.

“He didn’t put up a fight once we placed him in custody,” Walden said.

Walden said that Vickers had fled from county deputies last week when they attempted to pull him over. He also noted that a year ago, Vickers allegedly pulled a TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun on two state troopers on Alabama Highway 113.

APD officers who responded to the crime scene included Walden, James Beasley, Chuck Brooks and Isaac Lopez. Danny Lambert with the ESCO K-9 team also responded.

For more on this story, see the Wednesday, Feb. 11, edition of The Atmore Advance.

Officers recovered several drug-related items from Vickers' bedroom, including marijuana, meth and pseudoephedrine pills.

Officers recovered several drug-related items from Vickers’ bedroom, including marijuana, meth and pseudoephedrine pills.