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NEWS ALERT – Man facing grand theft, meth charges

A Blountstown man wanted for allegedly stealing a four-wheeler is also facing meth charges following a traffic stop Friday afternoon. Joshua Allen Savell, 24, has been charged with grand theft, burglary of a structure, attempting to manufacture meth, possession of listed chemicals, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a prescription drug without a prescription. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Savell was named by witnesses in a stolen four-wheeler case earlier this month. The ATV was recovered at Savell’s ex-girlfriend’s home after being stolen from members of the Fannin Island Hunting Club back in May. Savell reportedly stated the four-wheeler had been given to him, but witnesses contradicted his claims. The owners advised they had broken down while on the hunting lease and returned a few days later to retrieve the ATV, but it was gone. The four-wheeler had been taken apart and painted white. A warrant was issued for Savell’s arrest. Sgt. Jared Nichols spotted Savell in the passenger seat of a vehicle on Jim Godwin Road Friday afternoon and initiated a traffic stop. Maj. Roman Wood assisted. Savell was taken into custody on the grand theft charge. A search upon arrest turned up two packages of pseudoephedrine pills and a lithium battery, both ingredients in cooking meth, along with 52 Cyclobenzaprine pills and six Tylenol with Oxycodone in Savell’s pockets. Savell could not produce a prescription for the controlled substance. A Mojo container with meth residue was also located in his pocket. Savell said the container was not his and he did not know whose pants he was wearing. Investigation revealed that Savell has purchased pseudoephedrine 25 times in the last six months. Savell said he had tried meth once, but denied using or making it. He admitted to buying pseudoephedrine for others manufacturing meth, but refused to provide names. He was booked into the Calhoun County Jail and is being held on a $17,500 bond.

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