41 jailed, others wanted in sheriff's roundup

Posted 6/13/18

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41 people on Thursday, May 31, after an all-day operation conducted predominately in the Empire community but in other areas as well.  A majority of …

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41 jailed, others wanted in sheriff's roundup

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The Walker County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41 people on Thursday, May 31, after an all-day operation conducted predominately in the Empire community but in other areas as well.  

A majority of the arrests were for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance (selling drugs), but others were located that had outstanding warrants for other charges as well.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics, Investigations, SWAT, Patrol, and Reserve divisions along with the Jasper Police Department’s Narcotics division conducted the raids.  

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Arley Police Department also assisted with searching for wanted individuals that were believed to be located in their jurisdictions at that time.  

Chief Jared Hall with the Dora Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division with making two of the cases leading up to Thursday’s operation.

Multiple arrest teams consisting of 27 deputies and officers kicked off the operation at 7 a.m., with Jack's Restaurant (hospital location) donating breakfast for all of the men and women on the teams.    

EMPIRE SEARCH WARRANT

The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division had received information that James Heath Fields, age 45, of Empire was selling meth out of his home at 55 Rhodes Rd in Empire.

Fields, a repo man, was also allegedly supplying other meth dealers in the Empire community.  Sgt. Ralph B. Williams, a Narcotics Investigator, conducted covert drug buys from Fields and obtained a search warrant for his home.  The search warrant was executed on Thursday, with investigators recovering methamphetamine and paraphernalia from the residence.  

Fields was arrested and charged with two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance. 

Fields is now potentially facing 20 years or more in prison, as he already has six prior felony convictions, stemming from a case where he paid an Adamsville police dispatcher for her password to the confidential LETS system where driver’s license, photos, criminal history and vehicle information are stored by the State of Alabama.  The case was prosecuted in Jefferson County by the Attorney General’s Office.  

FEDERAL FUGITIVE

The Sheriff’s Narcotics division made multiple distribution cases on James Edward Hatley, age 51, of Empire, for selling methamphetamine.  Investigators also learned that he was wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s for a case made by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  

Hatley had already been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison but failed to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.  Instead, he continued selling drugs here in Walker County, while on the run.  After his arrest, made during the roundup, Hatley was being held in the county jail on a high cash bond.  

On June 6,  he was released to the custody of the Marshal’s to begin his federal prison sentence.  He will still have to return to court in Walker County to answer for his new charges. 

SELLING DRUGS AT CURRY GAS STATION

The Sheriff’s Office had received information that methamphetamine was being sold, by an employee, out of the gas station on Curry Hwy.  Narcotics Investigator Huddleston initiated an investigation and was able to develop a suspect.  Tammy Mae West, age 52, of Jasper, has been arrested for 2 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance after selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant there at the gas station. 

Sheriff Underwood said, “Surveillance proved to be difficult there because it was hard to distinguish between who was in the store for legitimate purposes, and who was there to buy drugs.  I want to commend Inv. Huddleston for his work on this case.  Families and children frequent the business, and it is unacceptable that this type of activity was going on there.  We have no indication that the owners had any knowledge of her illegal activity and we certainly don’t want to disparage any good businesses in our community.”

The remaining individuals and cases are as follows:

 Jackie Curtis Campbell, age 55, of Empire, 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Terry Wayne Campbell, age 59, of Empire, Conspiracy to Commit Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Debra Robbins Campbell, age 54, of Empire, Conspiracy to Commit Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Steven Zachary Sarr, age 28, of Empire, 4 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

John Carl Hill, age 62, of Empire, 5 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Hannah Cordell Goodwin, age 46, of Bessemer, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Theft of Property 2nd.

Jerry Ray Lemley, age 44, of Empire, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, FTA on Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Steven Campbell, age 49, of Empire, Probation Violation, FTA on Criminal Mischief 3rd.

Lucindy Ann Yocum Yates, age 29, of Empire, Burglary 3rd, Theft of Property 1st.

Nancy Wade Seal, age 51, of Cordova, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Christopher Robert Reed, age 43, of Empire, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Joshua Ryan Levan, age 25, of Empire, 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Patricia Hicks, age 49, of Empire, outstanding warrant with the Jasper Police Department.

Tera Hancock, age 43, of Empire, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Roger Dale Wade, age 52, of Empire, FTA on Driving While Suspended, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Amber Lee Hill, age 24, of Empire, FTA on Escape 3rd, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Mischief 3rd, and Causing Injury to a Service Dog.

Bryan Keith Levan, age 48, of Empire, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Terri Leann Smith, age 29, of Boldo, 3 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Ricky Dale Barton, age 34, of Nauvoo, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Burglary 3rd, and Theft of Property 3rd.

Robert Terrill Sargent Jr., age 36, of Parrish, 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, Attempting to Elude, FTA on Criminal Trespass 3rd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Niomie Pauline Willcutt Boshell, age 34, of Parrish, 3 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Matthew Rex Windham, age 34, of Burrows Crossing Rd, 4 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and FTA on Driving While Revoked.

Kandace Leanne Knight, age 32, of Jasper, 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Amy Michelle Traywick, age 33, of Edgil Grove, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Daniel Mason Kennedy, age 32, of Jasper, is currently in the Jasper City Jail and will be transferred to the county jail for Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance upon release.

James Luke Waire, age 39, of Saragossa, 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Christopher CW Travis Williams, age 43, of Manchester, 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Gregory Todd Davis, age 39, of Jasper, Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance.

Heather Delaela Diveto, age 39, of Nauvoo, 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Dawn Marie Kiser, age 43, of Boldo, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

William Curtis Willoughby, age 41, of Empire, FTA on Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Michael Tyrone Foster, age 35, of Argo Hill, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Larry Jeff Farris, age 46, of Carbon Hill, Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Michael Douglas Shemwell Jr., age 28, of Empire, Receiving Stolen Property 1st, Criminal Trespass 2nd, Criminal Trespass 3rd, Theft of Property 3rd.

Jared Marcus Maske, age 23, of Sumiton, Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

 The following individuals are wanted by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office from the roundup:

Angel Marie Williams, age 33, of Empire, wanted for 4 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

 Cody Dale Smith, age 29, of Burrows Crossing Rd, wanted for Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Kristi Hamilton Bryant, age 36, of Saragossa, wanted for Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

 Kay Renae Sargent, age 41, of Carbon Hill, wanted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

 Tiffany Lee Clark, age 28, of Pineywoods, wanted for Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

 Scott Lee Bellocchi, age 48, of Jasper, wanted for 2 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

 Tasha Marie McGuff, age 30, of Old Tuscaloosa Rd, wanted for Robbery 1st, Burglary 3rd, and Theft of Property 4th on two separate cases.

 James Chadrick Durham, age 28, of Oakman, wanted for Burglary 3rd, and Theft of Property 4th.

 “The public knows that we can’t keep every person we arrest because they may not meet the criteria for a cash bond or no bond.  We also arrest about 2,000 people per year, and there is no way to house every single arrestee for long durations.  When you look at a drug roundup, a majority of them will be given a bond, by the Judge, and they will be released.  That is one of the reasons why we wait until we make all of the cases we can in an area, before tipping the dealers off that we are working heavily in their community.  Another reason is to identify a dealer’s source of supply and to identify their co-conspirators and connections to more effectively disrupt the supply chain for drugs in a particular area.  The armchair quarterbacks that think arresting one immediately after making a single case are wrong.  But I wouldn’t expect them to know from their limited perspective looking outside-in.  It was a very successful operation that took a lot of preparation and coordination.  I am proud of the work that was done to make these cases and the arrest teams that were able to locate and apprehend everyone,”  Sheriff Underwood said.