A White Hall man who owns a popular tire store has been arrested after police found several thousand dollars in counterfeit money, drugs and guns at his residence and business early Tuesday morning while executing a search warrant.
James Cotner, 53, faces charges of possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms that resulted from the search at his home in the 1800 block of Barney Lane in White Hall.
An additional search warrant was served at Cotner's business, Wholesale Tire at 5109 Dollarway Road, where, according to Tri-County Drug Task Force Lt. Yohance Brunson, “illegal weapons and drugs were found and two people were arrested.”
No additional information was available on those two arrests Monday as the probable cause paperwork had not been submitted to prosecutors.
Regarding Cotner, Brunson reported that task force agents, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies and officers from the White Hall Police Department served the search warrant at 7 a.m. and forced entry when no one answered the door. Cotner and a female were found in a back bedroom and detained while the search was conducted.
Items seized included a large plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, a .22-caliber revolver with four rounds in it, $6,360 in counterfeit money, which was found in a closet in the master bedroom, a plastic tray with an off-white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, two smoking devices and a set of digital scales.
Another $700 in counterfeit money was found on the dresser, and a glass jar with suspected marijuana and four counterfeit $100 bills were found in a car driven by the female. Inside the garage, a dark substance believed to be marijuana wax was found in the freezer.
Brunson reported that the female was issued a citation for possession of a controlled substance and released.
When Cotner was questioned, he allegedly said that everything in the house belonged to him and said he had never sold illegal drugs from his house or business. He also said he had never seen any of his employees sell illegal drugs and he (Cotner) “probably needed to get some help with his drug addiction.”
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Cotner, who said he would hire his own attorney.