Two teenagers were arrested Wednesday, Sept. 4, for possession of methamphetamine after leading agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Interdiction Unit on a short car chase.

DeKalb County officers along with the Mentone Police Department noticed a vehicle on Alabama Highway 117 driving erratically. When they attempted to pull the vehicle over, it refused to yield, leading police on a chase lasting approximately five minutes.

After apprehending the suspects, agents conducted a search of the area along the highway and found a large amount of methamphetamine and a Smith & Wesson 9-millimeter handgun. Police believe both items were thrown from the vehicle during the chase.

The 18-year-old driver, who led police on the chase has been charged with attempting to elude, possession of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment.

The passenger, 16, who officers believed tossed the items from the vehicle, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a firearm without a permit, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The trafficking charge is a Class A Felony, meaning the passenger will be charged as an adult.

“Our Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit did a great job in apprehending these criminals,” DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said. “Quick thinking on their part and on the part of the Mentone Police Department helped resolve this situation before any innocent people were hurt.

“I’d like to give thanks to the Mentone Police Department for closely working with our guys to apprehend the suspects,” he continued.

“It’s unfortunate that young lives have to be wasted due to dangerous drugs, but trafficking in this poison will not be tolerated, no matter what the age of the offender. If you want to commit adult crimes, we will be glad to treat you like an adult.”

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