Man wanted locally found in Jacksonville

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 7:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 7:13 p.m.

A man wanted on drug charges by authorities in Alachua and Bradford counties was arrested Wednesday morning in Jacksonville, where he was found in a home with marijuana, cocaine, a gun and about $69,000 in cash, reported Deputy U.S. Marshal Bryon Carroll.

Albert Covington, 31, was arrested on various warrants from the sheriff's offices and the Florida Department of Corrections, Carroll said in a press release.

Carroll said Covington was wanted for possession of controlled substances, violation of probation, fleeing and eluding and other charges.

The Florida Department of Corrections website shows Covington has previous drug convictions and was released from prison in 2007.

Covington had been living in the Waldo area but investigators learned that he has recently been staying in Jacksonville with friends and relatives, Carroll said.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force notified Jacksonville authorities about Covington, and surveillance was set up at a home in northeast Jacksonville.

Carroll said officers surrounded the house at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and found Covington and two others inside. Also found inside was a 9mm handgun, about one pound of powder cocaine, a large amount of crack cocaine, about four pounds of marijuana, and about $69,000 in cash, Carroll said.

Covington was booked into the Jacksonville Pretrial Detention Facility on a new charge of armed trafficking in cocaine, as well as his outstanding arrest warrants.

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