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January 15, 2014

Sheriff’s office makes multiple weekend arrests

Cullman County deputies arrested three Cullman men this weekend following three separate felony incidents which included: Meth manufacturing, promoting prison contraband, and eluding law enforcement.

Major Scott Clay said each person is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Inmate Barion Mitchelle Milwood, 28, of Cullman, was arrested after corrections officers found methamphetmine in his underwear while doing a full body search on Sunday.

Clay said deputy Josh McNatt searched Milwood routinely and located an empty ziplock baggy in the back pocket of his pants.

“After they found the baggy, they asked if he had anything else on him and he said no,” Clay said. “When they asked to him to remove his underwear they located another ziplock baggy but filled with a white, powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetmine.”

Clay said he was arrested for promoting prison contraband, second degree which is a felony for having a controlled substance inside a jail.  

In a separate case, Christopher Matthew Barnes, 32, of Cullman was arrested by the Birmingham Police Department after officers found an active unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance warrant and he was transported to the Jefferson County Jail.

“Our dispatch was notified that Milwood was there and law enforcement went and picked him up on Saturday,” Clay said.

Milwood had failed to appear the meth manufacturing charge and is now being held at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Earlier in the weekend, a Saturday night safety road block ended with a Cullman man arrested after driving away in reverse in an attempt to elude the driver’s license check.

Mark Dodson, 23, of Cullman was arrested for driving with a suspended license, illegal possession of alcohol, and attempting to elude/fleeing after law enforcement smelled alcohol on Dodson’s breath and were given consent to search his vehicle.

“Deputies Bentley, Wallace and Howse set up a vehicle safety and license check roadblock on County Road 698 and County Road 695,” Clay said. “While they were checking vehicles, they observed a vehicle that stopped and started backing up down the road.”

Clay said Dodson continued to drive in reverse even while law enforcement sought after the vehicle.

“He drove through a front yard of a nearby house on [County Road] 698, backed into the carport and parked his vehicle,” Clay said. “He would not answer any of the deputies questions and when he tried to get out of the vehicle they could smell alcohol from his breath and he told them he had five beers to drink that night.”

Dodson gave the officers consent to search his vehicle and Clay said during the search they found an open container in the car, as well as, beer in his toolbox.

Dodson is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. His bond is currently unavailable.

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-213, ext. 137.

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