By Patrick Yost
A man who arrived for a visit with a parole officer ended up in a tussle with several law enforcement officers and arrested on possession of cocaine and Ecstasy pills.
Laronte Maurice Jackson, 22, Madison was arrested after officers subdued Jackson, who, reports state, had suspected cocaine and Ecstasy pills in his pocket.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Jackson arrived at the Department of Community Affairs office inside the Morgan County Public Safety Center at 2:11 p.m. to meet with his parole officer. Prior to the visit, reports state, the parole officer learned that Jackson had a warrant for his arrest on a parole violation. The officer requested backup from the Morgan County Sheriiff’s Office and when a Morgan County Deputy was attempting to clear Jackson’s pockets prior to arrest, he fled, pushing two parole officers aside.
A parole officer tackled Jackson near the door to the office and he was taken to the ground. However, reports state, he continue to fight with officers by punching and kicking and screaming that he “could not go back to prison.”
A second Morgan County Sheriff’s Office officer and a Madison Police Department officer arrived to help detain Jackson.
Once detained, reports state, officers allegedly found a plastic container in one of Jackson’s pockets. Inside the container officers found suspected cocaine and the suspected Ecstasy tablets.
Following the incident Jackson now faces charges of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, obstruction of law enforcement officers, crossing county guard lines with weapons or drugs and parole violation.