By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
An Atmore man is facing several drug charges, including trafficking in methamphetamine, after he was arrested last week in Pensacola.
According to Escambia County (Fla.) Jail records, 42-year-old John Bradley James of a Sneed Drive address in Atmore was freed Monday (March 2) after total bonds of $56,500 were posted on his behalf.
He is charged with one count each of trafficking in meth ($50,000 bond), possession of drugs ($5,000 bond), possession of drug paraphernalia ($1,000 bond) and drug-health-safety ($500 bond).
According to published reports, a Pensacola Police Department officer noticed a Toyota Tundra backed up against a fence in the parking lot of a bar on Creighton Road, its engine running, around 1:12 a.m. on February 27.
When James, who was in the driver’s seat, saw the officer approach, he reportedly tried to hide a glass pipe that had an unspecified amount of meth in it.
Reports are that officers also located a loaded .40-caliber pistol and a .22-caliber revolver inside the truck. They also found about 1.5 grams of methamphetamine inside a wallet, as well as several syringes, another 31 grams of methamphetamine and several pills, including Tramadol, a narcotic-like pain reliever.
Also discovered in the truck was a small container of a white powdery substance that was reportedly sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis and identification.
James is scheduled for a hearing in Escambia County (Fla.) Circuit Court on Friday, March 20.