Atmore man arrested June 11 on possession, tampering charges

Published 2:30 pm Friday, June 14, 2024

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An Atmore man was arrested June 11 on drug possession and tampering with evidence charges, according to officials.

Atmore Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Darrell McMann said in a release that Fred Ward, 56, was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.

McMann said at approximately 9 p.m. on the day of the arrest, APD narcotics investigators and patrol officers with assisting Alabama State Troopers with a drivers license checkpoint on Ewing Lane when they came in contact with a pickup truck being driven by Ward.

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“Ward’s license was suspended and he also had outstanding arrest warrants with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office,” McMann said.

McMann added that Ward was also in possession of several grams of a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, over 40 grams of kratom, 1 gram of fentanyl and several plastic baggies used to contain narcotics.

“Ward was also observed attempting to discard a plastic baggie as he stood outside the vehicle that contained narcotics,” he said.

McMann said then, Ward transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.