By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Atmore police arrested two local men over the past week for possession of drugs, including one who was issued a summons three months ago, when the county jail wasn’t accepting non-violent offenders.
The most recent incident occurred May 19 and resulted in the arrest of 29-year-old James Clark Hadley, who was already being sought by authorities, on new charges.
According to Atmore Police Department Sgt. Darrell McMann, APD officers were sent around 7:40 a.m. to a residence on Alabama 21, where the homeowner complained of a trespass involving two males.
The suspects left the property on foot when they learned the police had been called but later were found walking along the state highway. They were detained as officers investigated the trespassing complaint.
Police discovered that Hadley was the subject of an active arrest warrant obtained by police in Foley.
While searching Hadley for weapons, officers discovered a clear glass pipe like those commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. The pipe contained residue that tested positive for meth, and new charges were lodged against the Atmore man.
Hadley remained in the Escambia County Detention Center late Monday, May 23, under $5,000 bond and a hold from Foley. He is charged here with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
He was also formally given trespass warnings regarding the property, as was the second suspect, against whom no charges were filed.
Another Atmore man was arrested May 18 on a summons he was issued in February, when COVID concerns barred police from booking him into the county facility.
McMann reported that APD’s initial criminal encounter with Enrico Marchello Ramieri, 33, came on February 6, when police responded to a report of “a suspicious unresponsive person sitting in a vehicle on their [James Road] property.”
Reports show the Atmore man had awakened and was standing by his vehicle when police arrived but was “extremely confused and couldn’t remember how he ended up on James Road.”
The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered undisclosed amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana. They also found a scale and several small, empty baggies, as well as a half-smoked marijuana blunt.
Ramieri was taken to Atmore Community Hospital and was arrested when he was released.
He remained in the county jail late Monday, May 23, under bond of $25,000. He is charged with one count each of first-degree possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.