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September 23, 2014

Homeless man arrested on drug possession

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:28 pm

A homeless man was arrested for drug possession shortly after being released from federal prison.

Aurelius Renard Shorter, 32, was arrested Tuesday for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, specifically cocaine, according to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Commander Jason Murray. Bond in the case was set at $20,000 by District Judge Jeb Fannin.

Shorter had previously been arrested on federal drug charges and released on probation. 

He was then rearrested, sent back to federal prison to complete his sentence, and was then re-released, Murray said. 

Shorter was arrested Tuesday while driving southbound in the northbound lane of Alabama 21, almost causing a collision with a Talladega County Sheriff’s Deputy’s patrol car.

Murray said Shorter initially said that he was homeless after being released, although the jail log showed an address on 26th Ave. North in Birmingham.

Possession of a controlled substance is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

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