Meth dealer arrested following month-long investigation

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 2/8/19

A series of drug confiscations made by multiple Walker County deputies in the past four weeks led to the arrest of a mid-level dealer on Tuesday and a major Birmingham-area supplier on …

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Meth dealer arrested following month-long investigation

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A series of drug confiscations made by multiple Walker County deputies in the past four weeks led to the arrest of a mid-level dealer on Tuesday and a major Birmingham-area supplier on Wednesday.

Christopher Shane Wright, 42, is currently in Walker County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond. Wright is charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance (Oxycodone) and obstructing justice with a false identity.

Wright was arrested following a traffic stop made on Old Birmingham Highway Tuesday by Investigator Ralph Williams of the Walker County Sheriff Office's Narcotics Division.

A search uncovered 70.7 grams of meth with a street value of $7,000 and 6.3 grams of heroin, with a street value of $1,200, as well as two 20-ounce bottles of liquid G, a known date rape drug.

Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith confirmed that the department did receive a report of a female being drugged after something was placed in her drink at a party in Parrish over the weekend. It is not believed at this time that she was raped.

"That's the only case we've heard of, but it's important for people to know it's out there," Smith said. 

Investigators also seized two semi-automatic handguns, Oxycodone pills, pseudoephedrine pills, digital scales and paraphernalia during Tuesday's traffic stop. 

Three other individuals who were in the vehicle with Wright were also arrested on charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia: Kimberly Michelle Wright, Johnny Wayne "Bubba" Johnson and Jennifer Nicole Weaver.

According to court records, Wright had an outstanding warrant with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on receiving stolen property and an outstanding warrant with the Cullman County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Smith said Wright has been supplying drugs to dealers in Cullman and Walker counties. He had recently relocated to Walker County.  

Following Wright's arrest, members of the sheriff department's narcotics unit, Jasper Police Department's narcotics unit and Birmingham Drug Enforcement Agency's Task Force arrested the supplier of Wright's methamphetamine in Birmingham. 

The supplier, whose name has not been released, likely received the meth from a source that can be traced to Mexico, according to Smith. His arrest netted one kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of meth with a street value of more than $98,000.

Deputies have removed more than 300 grams of meth worth $150,000 in street value from Walker County in the past month, according to Smith.

"This is how you make a dent in the drug trade," Smith said of the recent investigations that led to Wright's arrest.

Deputy Jim Browne recovered 17 grams of meth and made one arrest following a traffic stop on Jan. 15. 

Also, Deputies Jason Bridges and Corey Emberg seized 7 grams of meth from a vehicle on Jan. 28 when they were dispatched to a residence where the homeowner was holding two suspected burglars at gunpoint.

Deputy Josh Dill seized over 9 ounces, or nearly 270 grams, of meth as well as $4,260 in cash during a traffic stop in Argo on Jan. 30. 

Smith said meth has been making a resurgence in recent months as its price has dropped.