Citizen's call leads to drug bust in Lauderdale County

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Lauderdale County deputies found a quarter pound of meth and a pound of marijuana on David Lee Hull after his arrest. A sheriff's department phone is used for scale in this photo.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department is crediting a concerned citizen for the arrest of Meridian resident David Lee Hull on drug charges. 

A 911 caller reportedly heard gunshots and requested a deputy investigate around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday about a mile south of Lauderdale, according to Ward Calhoun, the chief deputy of the sheriff's department. A deputy arrived 20 minutes later and saw a white truck driving slowly. When the deputy attempted to pull Hull over, he sped off to the north, Calhoun said. 

Citizen's call leads to drug bust in Lauderdale County

David Lee Hull 

No other reason was given for the traffic stop.

Hull tried to turn right on Thornton Road and lost control of the vehicle, hitting a tree, according to Calhoun. After exiting the vehicle and running away, Hull led the deputy on a short foot chase before being arrested, Calhoun said. 

During the investigation, Calhoun said the deputy found a quarter pound of methamphetamine and a pound of marijuana. No firearm was found.

Hull, 39, also had several outstanding warrants. Law enforcement charged Hull with driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, failing to yield to a blue light, not having a driver's license, not wearing a seat belt and switching his tag or license plate.

Hull's case will be presented before the next available grand jury, Calhoun said. 

"This is an example of a phone call from a citizen making a difference," Calhoun said. 

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