Pike County Sheriff's Office makes drug, firearms bust

Guns, drugs seized in Pike County bust
Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 at 8:23 PM CDT
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Drugs weren't the only thing found. Deputies also found stolen firearms. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Drugs weren't the only thing found. Deputies also found stolen firearms. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

PIKE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - A man has been arrested and charged after a drug bust in Pike County.

On Thursday, deputies responded to 45-year-old Brian Ming's residence to investigate a possible stolen vehicle. Ming insisted the car was his, but after further investigation, deputies discovered that the car had been stolen.

"It was a Houston County plate and came back as a stolen vehicle," said Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.

Inside the vehicle, deputies found methamphetamine and marijuana.

"During the investigation, he located roughly four ounces of methamphetamine in the truck. The street value is at about $5,600. He also found a quarter-pound of marijuana," Thomas said.

But, meth and marijuana weren't the only things found on Ming's property.

Close to $2,500 in cash and firearms were also recovered.

"We located several firearms at two different locations. We found long guns and also handguns. He had also accumulated a large amount of welders, chainsaws and a weed eater," said Thomas.

Thomas said that some of the firearms recovered were stolen.

"Some of the firearms have been identified as guns that were taken from a burglary," Thomas said.

So far, Ming has been charged with drug trafficking and first-degree possession of marijuana, but that may not be all.

"There could be subsequent charges to follow," said Thomas.

Ming is no stranger to the Pike County Sheriff's Office.

"We were aware of Brian Ming and his drug dealings and things worked out for us," Thomas said.

Thomas said that since Ming violated his parole, he has no bond.

If you believe one of the firearms seized from Ming's residence belongs to you, contact the Pike County Sheriff's Office.

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