Early Saturday morning the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a male sitting near the gas station at the intersection of Highway 35 and County Road 47 at the Powell Crossing. According to DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden, it was believed that the individual had narcotics in his backpack.

Welden said a deputy and lieutenant arrived at the scene and located the individual. Welden said the man was discovered to be in possession of marijuana, cocaine, hydrocodone pills, alprazolam pills and methamphetamine.

The suspect, George Matthews, 45, of Madison, was taken into custody. Welden said on the way to the jail, he informed the lieutenant that he had left his vehicle behind the Kangaroo gas station on Highway 35 in Fort Payne. After investigating the vehicle, it was discovered to have been stolen from Birmingham.

Welden said Matthews was charged with possession of a controlled substance (x4), receiving stolen property 1st degree, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 2nd degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said patrols on highways and interstates will continue.

“DeKalb County is the home of several major highways and an interstate, meaning many stolen vehicles and narcotics could be passing through.,” Welden said. “Our deputies are actively patrolling these roads for suspicious activity, and we plan on increasing these patrols.”

Welden said if you see something, say something.

“I’d like to commend our deputies for their hard work and due-diligence in making the arrest and following through with investigating the vehicle. I’d also like to encourage citizens to report any suspicious activity on our roadways by calling (256)845-3801. As always, God Bless,” he said.

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