Man charged with trafficking fentanyl in Guntersville

Northeast Alabama
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Police said a call about a man passed out in a vehicle at a gas station turned into a large drug arrest.

James Verdel Evans of Ardmore was asleep at a Marathon gas station Wednesday night when Guntersville police said they answered the call. An officer noticed Evans had a weapon near his leg and was able to secure it after Evans woke up, police said.

“We discovered that he was a violent felon and he had just gotten out on bond. He had trafficking charges from last year here in Marshall County, trafficking heroin,” said Guntersville Police Lt. Mike Turner.

Police said they discovered Evans was out of jail on bond for drug trafficking charges in Marshall County and searched him. During the search, police said they found a pill bottle in his pocket that had 5 grams of fentanyl, meth, marijuana, Xanax and Lortab.

“It’s pretty well thought that he is the one bringing a large amount of fentanyl into the county,” said Guntersville Police Lt. Mike Turner.

Police said Evans also didn’t have a permit for the gun in the car.

Evans was charged with trafficking fentanyl, meth possession, marijuana possession and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

His bond was set at $1.5 million.

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