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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Drug bust turns to manhunt

By Ken Bonner
Scottsboro Daily Sentinel, AL
November 9, 2005

It began as a drug bust and ended in a manhunt.

In the end Nicholas Damron was arrested and taken to Scottsboro City Jail where he was booked before being transferred to the Jackson County Jail.

Damron, a resident of Ardmore, Tenn., was the focus of a manhunt Tuesday afternoon after he escaped custody during a drug raid on Jackson County Road 115. Officers with the Limestone County Correctional Facility Tracking Team and the Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit were brought in to assist the Jackson County Sheriffs Department and Scottsboro City Police. Agents with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board also helped.

“They did a great job,” Jackson County Sheriffs Department Chief Investigator Chuck Phillips said of the dog tracking team sent from Limestone and the helicopter unit provided by Marshall County. “They always do. They’ll come over at any time.”

It took less than 30 minutes to locate and capture Damron after the dogs and helicopter went to work. Corrections officers Captain Garland Franks and Lieutenant Robert Pivonka worked a pair of trained beagles on the ground. Pilot Dan Smith helped the officers narrow the search area by patrolling from above.

Phillips called the effort a cooperative one. And said, “days like this is what makes the job fun.”

Yes, hunting humans must be a thrilling sport. And when you operate under the color of law you don't have to worry about the Game Warden showing up to check your hunting license.


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