6 arrested for drug crimes, more charges likely

By RON HARRIS
Posted 3/20/18

Investigators and deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s burglary unit, arrested six people Monday on a variety of drug …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

6 arrested for drug crimes, more charges likely

Posted

Investigators and deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s burglary unit, arrested six people Monday on a variety of drug charges and recovered stolen property at a home on Rhodes Circle in the Argo community.

The arrests began after Jefferson County deputies located a truck stolen out of Jefferson County on Bryan Road in Dora. Deputies were able to develop information on a stolen utility trailer and stolen lawn mower that was located on?Wildlife Lane. 

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said officials from Jefferson County reached out to local sheriff’s investigators, who in turn met with Jefferson County law enforcement officials to recover the stolen property from a home at 85 Rhodes Circle in the Argo community. 

When they arrived at the home, they found Justin Kyle Harvill, 34 of Sipsey, standing in the roadway. 

They arrested Harvill, who was wanted on seven outstanding warrants, and found he had heroin and marijuana on him. The outstanding warrants against Harvill were for faiilure to appear in court on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, driving with a revoked license, improper passing, driving with an expired tag and two counts of not wearing a seat belt. 

Additional charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia were added against Harvill.

During Harvill’s arrest, investigators were able to see the stolen utility trailer and lawn mower at the home. 

A deputy assisting with Harvill’s arrest walked up to a vehicle nearby and observed the driver holding a cell phone and syringe in his hands. The driver fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Other deputies were able to block the vehicle to keep it from leaving the scene, and the driver got out and fled on foot.

He was captured after a short chase and identified as 25-year-old Madison JoRilee Freeman of Parrish. 

Freeman was charged with public intoxication, attempting to elude law enforcement and resisting arrest. 

Once Freeman was in custody, investigator and deputies proceeded to the home where the stolen items were located. Inside, they found multiple people hiding, along with assorted drug paraphernalia lying in plain sight.

Taken into custody were:

•Jon David Roberts, 26, of Empire, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Paul Allen Brown, 32, of Dora, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Whitney Pauren Vaughn, 22, of Empire, who was charged with was charged with possession of a controlled substance, illegal possesion of prescription medication and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Chelsea Celeste King, 23, of Sumiton, who was charged with was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators were also to recover the stolen utlity trailer and lawn mower.

“The investigation is ongoing as we continue to conduct interviews and follow up on leads,”?Underwood said, adding that individuals at the home will be likely be charged with receiving stolen property.

“As you can tell from the items found, property crimes are directly related to drug activity a majority of the time, “Underwood said. “Stolen property often changes hands quickly, which creates difficulty in recovering the property even after we develop leads in each case.”

Underwood said the cooperation between his department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was deeply appreciated. “Teamwork is needed in criminal investigations because suspects are not worried about jurisdictional boundaries when they commit crimes.”

Underwood credited the work of Sgt. Ray Capps, Sgt. Anthony Leach and Sgt. Phillip Williams with the success in the recovery of the stolen property.

“Most burglaries and thefts take place during the daylight hours when homeowners are away, which reduces the chance the burglar will be noticed,”?Underwood added. “Having neighbors keep an eye out on your home while you’re away is a good deterrent. My deputies can;t be everywhere at one time, so having our citizns help by watching out for our communities is appreciated.”

Anyone with information on any property crimes is askedt to call the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 302-6464. A?link to CrimeStoppers can be found on the sheriff’s website at www.walkercountysheriff.com.

You can also send tips by text message by texting 847411. In the body of the text type ‘walker’ and the tip itself.