On New Year’s Day at around 9:20 p.m., Decatur County deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of Wilkinstown Road in reference to a reported trespasser. Upon arrival, Sgt. Clyde Weaver observed a Black Dodge Durango sitting next to a mobile home and made contact with Frankie Fuller Jr. Fuller stated that he was the only one there and was taken into custody for criminal trespassing. An inventory search was conducted of the vehicle prior to towing at which time a small black bag was found inside a larger camouflage duffle bag which contained approximately 396.5 grams of a green, leafy substance, believed to be marijuana. Also found was 1.6 grams of a white crystal-like substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine, 4 schedule IV Alprazolam 0.5 milligram pills, multiple plastic baggies and digital scales. Located in the front passenger seat and floorboard were 4 loaded and chambered firearms, an empty 24 ounce can of Redd’s Apple Ale and one full unopened can in the center console. Fuller had a strong smell of alcohol coming from his person and breath and was slow to respond to verbal directives as well as having blood shot eyes and being unsteady on his feet. Fuller was previously convicted of domestic assault in Decatur County in November of 2019 preventing him from owning or possessing firearms. A total of 4 guns were seized as evidence along with the narcotics and paraphernalia.
Fuller faces charges of criminal trespass, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm in the commission or attempt to commit a felony, public intoxication, possession of a handgun while under the influence, possession of Sch. VI with Intent, possession of Sch. II with Intent and possession of Sch. IV.
TWRA has also charged Fuller with hunting without a license and failure to tag big game.
Bond has been set at $50,000.