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Pictured with the confiscated weapons are Sheriff Ray Cross and Chief Investigator Don Hicks.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


Dade County Sheriff’s officers conducted a raid at a Poplar Springs Road residence last week and confiscated several automatic weapons.

The warrant was obtained after the Sheriff’s Department received a tip that automatic weapons were located at the residence. An initial search didn’t find the weapons but “a lot of ammunition and some drugs were found,” Sheriff Ray Cross said.

Arrested and transported to the Dade County Jail were Justin Charles Smith, 31, and his wife, Misty Michelle Hodges, 32.

While Hodges was charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, and released on $1,000 bond, Smith remains in jail charged with possession of Roxy-codone and possession of a controlled substance, Schedule II.

The Sheriff’s deputies and investigators later returned to the residence where they located the automatic weapons.

Smith, who is a convicted felon, will face additional charges relating to the automatic weapons.

Sheriff Ray Cross stated you must have a Class III Federal Firearms License to possess automatic weapons and Smith didn’t have a license and in fact was prohibited to have them as a convicted felon.

Also, last week the Dade County Sheriff’s Department recovered a large generator that was taken from a business at the foot of Sand Mountain.

The generator was found at a residence on Sand Mountain and Wesley Carl Derryberry, Sr., was arrested on charges of felony theft by taking.

He has since been released from the Dade County jail on $2,500 bond.




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