The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department arrested two men on drug charges following an afternoon pursuit Tuesday, June 16.


Aubrey Cross, 34, of White Hall, and John Wright, 43, of Magnolia, are both parole absconders, according to the jail log. They were being held at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Detention Center Tuesday evening, according to a news release.


At approximately 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jefferson County deputies Cody Musselwhite, Sgt. Fred Green and K-9 Sgt. Courtney Kelly conducted a traffic stop on Mosley Street. During the stop, one of the vehicles refused to stop and accelerated in speed toward a deputy, which led to a pursuit, according to the release.


The driver of the vehicle, Cross, proceeded from Mosley Street to Carbon Street where the passenger, Wright, allegedly threw a baggie from the window containing methamphetamine, according to the release.


Deputies continued to pursue the vehicle until it stopped on Hutchinson Street, where the suspects ran from the vehicle. An off-duty White Hall police officer noticed the suspects and assisted with apprehending both of them, according to the release.


During the apprehension, deputies discovered methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, K2 (synthetic marijuana), and paraphernalia, according to the release.


Cross faces charges of possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of cocaine with purpose to deliver, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, possession of ecstasy with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, felony fleeing, aggravated assault on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, driving with suspended license, disregarding a stop sign, felony bench warrant and misdemeanor failure to appear warrant.


Wright faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor fleeing, misdemeanor resisting arrest, littering, and being an absconder on parole.