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Deputies searching for escaped prisoner in Martin County

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(Photo provided by the Martin County Sheriff's Office)
Deputies in Martin County are looking for a man who escaped from the courthouse.

Deputies in Martin County are looking for a man who escaped from the courthouse.

Sheriff Tim Manning said Brian Powell, 35, was arrested Wednesday morning on outstanding warrants for trafficking in opium. He was taken into custody while he was making an appearance in district court on other charges.

While Powell was being moved from the courtroom area of the Governmental Center to the Magistrate's Office, he escaped from the deputy and ran off.

Powell was last seen heading from the Governmental Center on Main Street toward Moratoc Park.

Anyone that sees Powell is asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff's Office at 252-789-4500 or Martin Central Communications at 252-792-8151.

Powell was last seen wearing black pants and an olive green hoodie; he is about 5'8" tall.

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