Arrest made in drug raid in Jasper


A search warrant executed by Jasper police early Wednesday morning ended with a Jasper man in jail and numerous illegal drugs and firearms seized.

With a search warrant in hand, members of the Jasper Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) raided the home and an adjacent building at 2803 Gamble Avenue just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said Lorenzo Shemell Smith, 37, of Jasper, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and five counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

JPD’s Critical Incident Response Team was used because Poe categorized the raid as a “high-risk entry.” Smith was out of jail on bond related to the July 2011 murder of 26-year-old Gregory Johnson of Jasper. Poe said Johnson was shot during a home invasion around 4 a.m. on July 14, 2011.

Inside the home, JPD narcotics agents found a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and assorted pills. They also found four firearms — two of which had been reported stolen.

Poe said the raid was the result of an operation that included information received about illegal drug sales at the home and undercover narcotics agents buying illegal drugs there. 

He said the amount of illegal drugs found inside the home was “more than average.”

More charges may be filed against Smith, Poe said, and more arrests may happen related to the case.

Smith is being held at the Walker County Jail. 

Poe commended CIRT members and JPD narcotics officers for their work on the case. “They all did an outstanding job,” he said.