Norfork man arrested in incident leading to manhunt for Buford man

The primary target of a Baxter County Sheriff’s Office burglary investigation was arrested on multiple charges in an incident that also resulted in the manhunt and arrest of a Buford man. According to Sheriff John Montgomery, 32-year-old Joshua Dunn of Norfork is in the Baxter County Detention Center on multiple drug and weapon charges.

Baxter County investigators arrived Monday at a residence on County Road 643 attempting to locate Dunn who is a parolee with a search waiver on file. They observed the electric meter loop adjacent to the driveway was bypassed, and a power cord was running from the residence to an outbuilding on an adjacent property nearly 50 feet away.

The investigators made contact with Dunn. During a search, they located various controlled substance prescription pills including alprazolam, diazepam, clonazepam and oxycodone. Marijuana residue and various articles of drug paraphernalia were also found.

Investigators were searching the outbuilding when they encountered 23-year-old Dillon Fields of Buford. Fields fled on foot and was later arrested following a two-hour manhunt. As they searched the outbuilding, investigators located a Cobra .380 ACP handgun with a portion of the serial number ground off, a small vial containing methamphetamine, a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, a flare gun loaded with a 12-gauge flare, a loaded sawed-off Remington 870 wingmaster 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip and the barrel cut down to 13.5 inches and numerous other items believed to be stolen from burglaries in the area.

Dunn is facing a felony count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the purpose to deliver, three felony counts each of possession of Schedule IV controlled substances with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, one count each of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a defaced firearm and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, misdemeanor counts of theft of services and obstructing governmental operations and a penalty enhancement as a habitual offender. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond and is set to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court later this month.

Dunn is also being held without bond on a parole violation. He has been booked into the Baxter County Detention Center 14 times since 2003.

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