Search, chase yield drug arrests

Published 3:00 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office made multiple arrests this week related to the possession of methamphetamine.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Marcus Youngblood, 49, of Troy on Thursday on charges of possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Russell Thomas said deputies were serving a warrant Thursday afternoon on another subject outside a residence when Youngblood attempted to flush what appeared to be drugs.

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“During our search of him we found a green bottle containing meth on his person,” Thomas said. “During our search warrant, we found other paraphernalia including items used in the manufacturing of meth.”

The sheriff’s office also arrested Donna Pidgen, 36, of Elba, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after a high-speed pursuit at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Deputy David Thomas was on patrol when he observed a vehicle with a switched tag,” Thomas said “When he initiated lights, the vehicle fled in excess of 100 mph during the chase.”

Thomas said the driver – Robert Raymond Johnson, 28, of Elba – led deputies down multiple county roads and almost hit a patrol unit before jumping out and fleeing the vehicle while Pidgen remained in the car.

“During our search we found a glass with a loud odor of burnt marijuana reeking from it, and also where she was located in the vehicle was a set of digital scales and a small baggie of a clear rocky substance that tested positive for methamphetamine,” Thomas said.

The Troy Police Department assisted in the pursuit and arrest of Pidgen.

The sheriff’s office t tracked down Johnson and found him in Elba, where he was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, attempt to elude, driving with an expired tag and improper passing.

Youngblood, Johnson and Pidgen were all booked into the Pike County Jail.