Law officers used force to subdue a gun-wielding suspect in a drug raid May 24 in Salem.
Michael R. Allen Jr., 36, has been charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony; manufacture of marijuana, a class C felony; felon in possession of a firearm, a class B felony; possession of xanax without a prescription, a class C felony; possession of valium without a prescription, a class C felony; and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, a class D felony.
Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said no one was hurt during the altercation, but Allen was lucky. "When those drug task force agents head in you better not be showing a weapon, because you are liable to get hurt," Dillinger said.
According to an affidavit released by the Fulton County Clerk's Office, officers walked up to Allen's front door and announced they had a search warrant. Allen approached the officers with a loaded sawed-off shotgun in his hand, according to authorities.
Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said Allen was instructed to put his hands on the ground, but he refused. Russell said Allen was then forced to the ground without a shot being fired.
During a body search, drug task force agents found a live round of ammunition, a plastic bag filled with marijuana and marijuana cigarettes, valium and xanax, Russell said. Five marijuana plants were also discovered on Allen's property, he said.
Allen's bond has been set at $100,000. He is slated to appear in Fulton County Court in June.