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Out on bail, Dothan man arrested on new drug charge

A Edgefield Road man already had legal problems before his arrest last week. Now the 40-year-old Dothan resident faces a new set of problems after his arrest on a charge of felony marijuana possession.

He was on bail from an arrest early last summer on a drug trafficking charge, law enforcement officials said.

During the recent arrest, police officers said they seized about a pound of marijuana. During the arrest last June, police said the man had been distributing 57 pounds of pot from a relative’s Randolph Street residence.

In the incident last Wednesday, police also confiscated $3,700 in cash from the man’s home.

A police spokesperson said the suspect was wearing an electronic monitoring device around his ankle during his arrest and during his alleged drug sale. The ankle device was apparently ordered as a bail condition following the 2013 trafficking arrest.

Police say he’s now being held without bail at Houston County Jail.

He had been free on $150,000 bail since mid-July of last year, officials said.

In the 2013 arrest, police said they seized 57 pounds of marijuana packaged in large bales. They estimated its street value at $150,000.

The stakes were high following the 2013 arrest and have now been increased by this latest arrest.

In similar situations, defendants face complex sets of circumstances that are often best assessed by criminal defense attorneys with not only knowledge of the law, but also an understanding of evidence, search procedures and sentencing guidelines — and are experienced negotiators and trial lawyers. Before discussing options with prosecutors, a defendant is wise to talk matters over with a reputable law firm.  

Source: Dothan Eagle, “Man on bail for drug trafficking faces new charge,” Matt Elofson, Feb. 20, 2014