It's two in the morning. You're riding around wasted with your friends and a half-pound of dope. You see that someone you know has been pulled over by the police. What do you do?
Federal charges possible
By Kelly Townsend
Published January 12, 2006
A Fort Payne man behind bars on multiple charges could face an additional federal charge for possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Franklin Ledel Blevins, 21 of Fort Payne, was arrested a week ago for possession of an illegal shotgun, unlawful possession of controlled substance, third-degree theft of property and resisting arrest.
Drug Task Force Commander Darrell Collins said Blevins could face federal charges for the illegal possession of the firearm.
“We seized the sawed-off shotgun and are waiting to see if it will go through federal courts,” Collins said.
Collins said he contacted ATF late last week and was waiting for a response.
Fort Payne Police Chief David Walker said the city initially responded to the call on Dogtown Road in Fort Payne around 1:45 a.m., and task force agent Jim Phillips assisted in the case.
Walker said officers stopped Blevins on Dogtown Road and a gram of marijuana was allegedly found inside his car.
“Apparently, his car appeared to be broken down and officers had stopped to see if they could help him,” Walker said.
Blevins asked to borrow one of the officer’s telephone, saying that he needed to call a family member for help, and then took off running into the woods.
Minutes, later Blevins was found by police after they used the new thermal imaging device they bought several months ago, according to Walker.
Walker alleges Blevins gave police false information regarding his name and that is why he was charged with obstructing justice.
Blevins is in the DeKalb County Jail without bond.
As all of this was going on, according to Walker, another car pulled up to the scene.
Walker said there were three teenagers inside the car, who were believed to be acquaintances of Blevins.
Matthew James Croxton, 18 of Valley Head, Joseph Franklin Daugette, 18 of Albertville, and a 17-year-old juvenile.
All three were charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after a half pound of marijuana was found on them.