By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
An Atmore man, 44-year-old Michael Darnell Pleasant, was arrested by city police December 16 on a felony drug charge after his vehicle was pulled over because its tag was out of date.
According to Atmore Police Department Sgt. Darrell McMann, an officer conducted the traffic stop around 3 a.m. on Alabama 21. The officer noted that Pleasant’s driver’s license had been revoked and that he “made some inconsistent statements.”
A search was conducted after Pleasant gave his consent, and police discovered a prescription bottle of methylphenidate that was administered in someone else’s name. Pleasant told police he “did not know the person whose name was on the bottle.”
Methylphenidate is most commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults.
Pleasant is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, driving while license is revoked or suspended, and driving with an expired tag. He remained in the county jail early Tuesday, December 19.
Other felony arrests reported during the period December 8-18:
*Kory Logan Morrill, 25, of Opp was arrested December 17 by city police on felony and misdemeanor drug-related charges.
McMann reported that officers were sent to Atmore Christian School on Tenant Drive in response to a report of a “suspicious person” on the property.
Morrill was discovered near the school’s playground. Reports are he “was speaking incoherently and acting strangely, leading the officers to believe he was under the influence of narcotics.”
He was placed under arrest after officers found in his pocket a glass pipe that contained “a crystal-like residue” that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Morrill, who is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, remained in the Escambia County Detention Center early Tuesday, December 19.
*Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 22-year-old Jylyn Kevon Cooper of Atmore on December 8 and charged him with one count each of possession of a pistol by a violent felon and first-degree escape.
No other details were provided. Cooper remained in the ECDC early Tuesday, December 19.
*No details were available, but the county jail’s website shows that Desmond Deshon Dirden, 23, of Atmore was arrested December 12 on a charge of obstruction of justice by use of a false ID.
Dirden was released on bond the same day he was arrested. The agency that arrested him was not specified on the jail website.