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Atmore man arrested for drugs, firearm

An Atmore man was arrested on felony drug and firearm possession charges last Friday.



Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks said officers conducted a traffic stop on Martin Luther King Drive after receiving a complaint of a possible stolen vehicle.

Brooks said officers made contact with the vehicle and initiated a felony traffic stop.

“All occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, at which time officers discovered the driver, Derrick Knighten, in possession of a firearm,” he said. “Officers also discovered precursor items inside the vehicle used to make methamphetamine, and a clear plastic bag believed to contain methamphetamine.”

Brooks said Knighten, 35, of Atmore, was arrested at the scene for possession of a pistol by a felon, possession of an altered firearm identification, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing of a controlled substance II.

Brooks said additional charges are pending.

Knighten was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center.