By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Atmore man, already reportedly the subject of a robbery warrant, now also faces a felony marijuana possession charge after police recognized him when he drove by the scene of an unrelated arrest.
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks confirmed late last week that Demetrius Cordell Crenshaw was charged by city police with one count each of first degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was recognized by officers involved in the execution of a search warrant at an East Sunset Drive address.
“APD [Atmore Police Department] was called out to 1035 Sunset Drive in response to a warrant being served for a robbery that happened somewhere out in the county,” Brooks said. “Officers observed an individual believed to be the subject of the warrant drive by in a motor vehicle. When they stopped the vehicle, they saw a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana out in the open, on the seat of the vehicle.”
Brooks said the pot spotted in the car wasn’t all Crenshaw had.
“After the individual was identified and was being patted down for weapons, more of the green, leafy substance was found in his pockets,” the police chief said. “Officers also found a black digital scale. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana first and possession of drug paraphernalia.”
First degree possession of marijuana is a Class D felony, punishable upon conviction by a prison term ranging from at least one year and one day, to no more than five years. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $6,000.
An employee of the Escambia County Detention Center’s booking and release division reported that Crenshaw was processed into the jail, then released after a $5,000 bond was posted on the pot charges and a $50,000 bond was posted on the robbery charge.
Details of the robbery were not immediately available.