North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 17, 2014

Deputies look for man who took back repossessed truck, but find stash of drugs instead

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

FORESTDALE — Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies didn't find the man they were looking for, but they found plenty of other stuff — enough to put a Forestdale man behind bars on multiple drug charges.

Marcus Lamarr Ellington, 39, was arrested at a house just off U.S. 78 when deputies found more than four pounds of marijuana, plus cocaine and prescription drugs.

It all started when a repossession agent called late Saturday night to report that a truck he had been trying to pick up was taken from his own lift truck, just after he had loaded the repossessed truck. The agent told deputies that a man came out of a house in the 1300 block of Devine Drive, unloaded the truck and drove off. Deputies think that the man hid the truck elsewhere and returned on foot.

Deputies then knocked on the door of the house. A man answered and told deputies that the suspect had been there earlier but left, and that he was the only occupant. Deputies then asked the man if they could search the house, and the man consented. That's when the drugs were discovered, along with a shotgun, handgun and cash.

The original vehicle-theft suspect still hasn't been found.

Ellington is charged with trafficking marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is held in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $116,000 total bond.