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Burkeville man arrested on drug delivery, unlawful weapon charges

by Emily Waldrep

A Burkeville man was arrested on February 16 in Woodville after an attentive Woodville Police officer noticed that he was driving at approximately 12:30 a.m with no headlights.
Sergeant Jathan Borel was patrolling Woodville when he noticed a driver, identified as D'Vonte Spearman, 19, of Burkeville, traveling at night without the use of headlights, which sent up a red flag for Sgt. Borel.

At the traffic stop, Borel noticed several behaviors from Spearman that seemed nervous, so he asked for permission to search Spearman's vehicle. Permission was granted, and Borel found a small backpack that contained 32.5 grams of marijuana, scales, baggies for packaging and a .38 special handgun hidden in a child's diaper bag.

Spearman was charged with Delivery of Marijuana, due to the scales, baggies and the amount of marijuana found. Delivery of Marijuana is a state jail felony.

"It obviously wasn't for personal use; he was looking to distribute it," Borel said.
Spearman was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, a Class A misdemeanor. Spearman was on deferred probation in Jasper County at the time of the arrest.
Borel said that he believes Spearman just did not realize his headlights were off, and was he transported to jail without incident.