DeKalb County (Ala.) lawmen had been looking for John Christopher Hunter (left), 34, of Valley Head, who has 14 outstanding warrants on him, two of them for felonies. This week, they found him.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office had received a tip that Hunter would be in a red Buick. As the deputies waited near his residence, they noticed a vehicle that fit the description pulling out of the residence with a female driver.
When Deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver, Brenda Downer Johnson (below), 68, of Valley Head, was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle or if she knew where her son was. She said no and did not give consent to search the vehicle.
K-9 Marianna and a K-9 deputy were called to the scene to do an open-air sniff of the vehicle. K-9 Marianna indicted two times that there were drugs inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and as a result John Christopher Hunter was found in the trunk of the vehicle.
After a short struggle, John Christopher Hunter was arrested on the 14 warrants ranging from failure to appear, traffic violation, probation violation to attempting to elude, and was charged with resisting arrest. Brenda Downer Johnson was also arrested and charged with hindering prosecution 2nd.
In other law enforcement news, on Tuesday, Sylvania (Ala.) police officers assisted the DeKalb County Drug Task Force in going to a residence on Seventh Street North in Sylvania to serve federal arrest warrants for trafficking in marijuana and illegal possession of firearms on Eric Shane Freeman, 48, of Sylvania.Once at the residence, making contact with Freeman, they saw a sawed-off shotgun in plain sight, at which time the drug task force obtained a search warrant. After the execution of the warrant, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana were found inside the residence.Freeman was arrested and charged with possession of a short-barrel shotgun, unlawful possession of marijuana 1st, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of controlled substance.
On the same date in a different incident, DeKalb County deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 47 and Poole Circle in Fyffe. Once the deputy was at the vehicle he noticed a bucket in the floorboard of the passenger side with a green leafy substance inside. When the driver of the vehicle was asked about it, he stated it was marijuana.
The deputy checked to see if there were any warrants on Christopher Allen White, 41, of Henagar, and it came back that he had several warrants with different agencies along with a child support warrant with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Upon a search of the vehicle, a marijuana pipe along with the bucket of marijuana was found. White was arrested on the warrant for non-child support and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana 2nd and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson commented: “We are proud of the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and Deputies for the hard work that they do to rid drugs from our county, and thanks to the Sylvania police officers and Chief John Seals for helping us make it possible. We continue to make arrests all over the county with the assistance of other agencies, our K-9s and tips from our website. All of these are an essential part of making these types of arrest day and night.”