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ALABAMA: Anti-violence Baptist pastor facing drug charges

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ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Anniston police have arrested a Baptist pastor who helped found an anti-violence campaign on drug charges.

Authorities arrested 47-year-old Frederick Fitzgerald Durant and charged him on April 5 with felony possession of a controlled substance.

He's out on $5,000 bond.

According to police reports, an officer spotted Durant driving in the middle of the road around 1:30 p.m. He pulled Durant over, and when the reverend couldn't provide proof of insurance, Chief Layton McGrady says the officer called for a tow truck. While doing a standard inventory of the car, he says authorities found a substance that later tested positive for crack cocaine.

Durant is the pastor of Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church in Eastaboga, works as an outreach coordinator mentoring recovering drug addicts and helped found Stop the Violence in 2007.


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