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DeKalb Co. deputies make 3 drug arrests, recover stolen backhoe over Memorial Day weekend

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(L-R)  Christopher Dwayne Chandler, David William Davis and Dustin Shawn Highfield. (L-R) Christopher Dwayne Chandler, David William Davis and Dustin Shawn Highfield.

Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office made three drug arrests following traffic stops and recovered a stolen backhoe thanks to a concerned citizen over Memorial Day weekend.

Deputies arrested Dustin Shawn Highfield, 32, of Collinsville, during a traffic stop near Sylvania at 1:05 a.m. Saturday. Highfield was charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

David William Davis, 24, of Stevenson, was arrested following a traffic stop near Fyffe just after midnight Friday. Davis was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies arrested 37-year-old Christopher Dwayne Chandler, of Birmingham, after deputies were called to a residence on a report of a domestic disturbance Saturday night. Chandler was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, illegal possession of prescription drugs and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three men were transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center where they are currently being held while awaiting bond hearings.

According to a news release from Sheriff Jimmy Harris, a 1998 Caterpillar backhoe, stolen in April from Republic Services Landfill near Lebanon, was recovered near a wood line over the weekend thanks to a citizen who reported the machinery as suspicious.               

"I'm so glad this person thought enough of this to give us a call. Citizens are our eyes and ears in the community. We appreciate all the help we get." Sheriff Harris stated in the release Tuesday.

The machine was returned to its owner with only minor damage to the cab. A theft investigation remains ongoing.

 

 

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