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Active warrants lead to felony pot arrest


News Staff Writer

An Atmore man, driving around town despite being the subject of outstanding arrest warrants, now finds himself charged with felony marijuana possession.
Atmore Police Department Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that APD investigators notified patrol officers around 10 a.m. on May 24 that 42-year-old Kendreall Martae Finklea, who had two active arrest warrants for domestic violence, was seen driving in the area of Main and Howard streets.
A patrol officer spotted Finklea and placed him under arrest. An Alabama Department of Corrections K9 was summoned to the scene to conduct an “open-air sniff” of Finklea’s vehicle.
The K9 alerted, and the officers searched the vehicle. They found a scale, a large box of clear plastic baggies, clear plastic baggies that contained 10.5 grams of marijuana, and a blunt (a marijuana-filled cigar) in the console.
Finklea was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and the outstanding warrants were served against him.
He was released from the Escambia County Detention Center that same day after a $15,000 bond was posted in his behalf.