Drug raids net 23 arrests in county

By RON HARRIS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/17/17

Almost two dozen people were arrested Tuesday in a series of drug raids across the county.

Narcotics agents and deputies from the Walker County …

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Drug raids net 23 arrests in county

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Almost two dozen people were arrested Tuesday in a series of drug raids across the county.

Narcotics agents and deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, along with federal DEA agents and Jasper police, fanned out across the county Tuesday morning with warrants for 30 people accused of selling illegal narcotics.

By noon, 23 people were in custody, facing charges of illegal distribution of a controlled substance. Four others had previously been arreste. Those arrested ranged in age from 23 to 70. Three of those charged are registered sex offenders.

Narcotics agents are continuing to look for four others facing similar charges.

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said the raids were the result of a three-month investigation of illegal drug activity in the county.

Most of the cases were made after undercover narcotics agents purchased illegal drugs.

“This was a good day,: Underwood said. “We got a lot of people off the streets, at least for a while.”

During the raids, narcotics agents found various illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Two weapons — both loaded — were found and five vehicles were seized by the sheriff’s office.

Those arrested Tuesday, and charges filed against them, were:

•Phillip Wayne Smith, 56, of Saragossa, distribution of a controlled substance

•Owen Dwayne Butler, 48, of Empire, distribution of a controlled substance

•Janet Roxanne Darty, 53, of Curry, distribution of a controlled substance

•Roy Evan Aldridge, 43, of Jasper, distribution of a controlled substance

•Sherry Higginbotham, 54, of Jasper, distribution of a controlled substance

•Krystin Holly Davis, 23, of Curry, distribution of a controlled substance

•Carol Leann Lane, 52, of Saragossa, distribution of a controlled substance

•Jessica Lee Godwin, 27, of Fall City Road in Jasper, distribution of a controlled substance

•James William Busby Jr., 38, of Old Tuscaloosa Road in Jasper, distribution of a controlled substance

•Hunter Alex Barton, 24, of Pineywoods, distribution of a controlled substance

•Harvill Dewayne Hicks, 49, of Empire, a registered sex offender, distribution of a controlled substance

•Kevin Aaron Kilgore, 36, Fall City Road in Jasper, distribution of a controlled substance

•Scott Lee Bellocchi, 47, of Jasper, distribution of a controlled substance

•Kevin Shane Files, 32, of Townley, distribution of a controlled substance

•Leonard D. Williams, 70, of Jasper, a registered sex offender, distribution of a controlled substance

•Samual James Burnette, 38, of Thach, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia

•Kerry Levon Allred, 46, of Curry, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia

•Emory Craig Tyndall, 29, of Carbon Hill, distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of failure to appear in court

•Donna Lynn Hernandez, 52 of Fall City Road in Jasper, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance

•Jeffery Lynn Whitt Sr., 53, of Townley, possession fo a controlled substance

•Jamie Lee Eklund, 38, of Jasper, a registered sex offender, disorderly conduct

•Zachary Aldon Colmen Hunt, 25, of Cordova, arrested for outtsnading warrants from Dora Polie Department and Adamsville Police Department

•John Randolph Doss, 49, of Boaz, arrested on an outstanding warrant for child support.

Four people were arrested prior to Tuesday’s raids. They were:

•Scoey Martin Owens, 47, of Carbon Hill, was arrested on May 2 for three counts of distribution of a controlled substance and domestic violence assault

•Heidi Nicole Estes, 30, of Jasper, was arrested on May 5 for two counts of distribution of a controlled substance

•Brandon Dale Hendrix, 28, of Jasper, was arrested on April 16 for two counts of distribution of a controlled substance

•Amber Monique Scheile, 37, of Cordova, was arrested on April 4 for three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Additionally, narcotics agents hold arrest warrants for four people wanted for illegally selling drugs. They are:

•Donald Ahmad Ervin, 34, of Carbon Hill, wanted for distribution of a controlled substance

•Donald Ervin, 65, of Carbon Hill, wanted for distribution of a controlled substance

•Danie Demarise Carlock, 33, of Carbon Hill, wanted for distribution of a controlled substance

•Laurie Patrice Poe, 44, of Jasper, wanted on four counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Underwood said anyone with information on these four people are asked to call the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 302-6464.

A link to the CrimeStoppers website can be found at www.walkercountysheriff.com. You can also send tips by texting 847411, and in the body of the text type ‘walker’ and the message you want to send.