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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Last month an Alpine man was arrested on drug-related charges, including promoting prison contraband.
Sheriff Michael Howell reported that on May 17 Deputy De’Andre Scott was patrolling the Stewartville area when he conducted a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Carl Pittman, 60 years old of Alpine.
Howell stated that deputies saw a firearm in the vehicle, as well as an open can of beer in plain view. They asked Pittman about the firearm, and he said he did not have a permit for it.
Permission was given to search the vehicle, which resulted in deputies locating a large bottle containing “several pills,” as well as the firearm they had seen in the vehicle.
Howell said the pills in the bottle were narcotics, which made them a controlled substance.
Pittman was arrested and brought to the Coosa County Jail. There he was searched, and law enforcement officers located marijuana on him.
Since Pittman had allegedly introduced drugs into the jail, it constituted promoting prison contraband.
Ultimately Pittman was arrested on the charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a concealed weapon without a permit, second-degree possession of marijuana, and second-degree promoting prison contraband.
His total bond was set at $45,000, and he has since been released on bond to await tr