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Polk arrest

Sheriff’s Office arrests Columbus felon on weapons, drug charges

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Columbus man last Friday on multiple weapons and drug charges. 

Dennis Cornelius Hines, of Kate Lane, Columbus, was charged with weapons and drug offenses with the sheriff’s office petitioning the District Attorney’s Office to pursue habitual felon status on Hines, according to sheriff reports. 

On March 5, deputies with the Patrol Division stopped Hines for a traffic violation and discovered several ounces of marijuana inside his vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Investigators with the Special Operations Division later served a search warrant at Hines’ residence and recovered 18 grams of cocaine, 22 grams of methamphetamine, 28 grams of marijuana, an AK-47, a 30-06 rifle and a Taurus .38 special. 

The sheriff’s office said Hines has multiple previous felony convictions for larceny, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of cocaine. The sheriff’s office also said Hines currently faces felony charges in Rutherford County. 

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has been asked by the sheriff’s office to be involved in the investigation.