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Jackson County Sheriff's Office Joins New State Drug Task Force

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips announces inclusion into Alabama State Regional Drug Task Force.

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips is pleased to announce that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit will participate in the newly formed Alabama Regional Drug Task Force.  This Task Force which became operational October 1, 2017, will be headed by a supervisor from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and governed by a board of directors which includes a representative from each participating agency.  Jackson County is part of the Region F Task Force which also includes members from DeKalb County, Limestone County, Cherokee County, Cullman Police Department, Fort Payne Police Department, and Oneonta Police Department.  Sheriff Phillips has assigned members of his Narcotics Unit to this Task Force and has appointed Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen as the board representative for Jackson County.  Chief Deputy Harnen has been tasked to be the board chairman and Narcotics Unit Capt. Jimmy Jones will serve as Deputy Commander of the Region F Task Force.  These agencies will share resources with a unified goal of reducing the impact of drugs, and dismantling drug organizations in Alabama. 

 Each Regional Task Force has received $193,235 in Federal grant money which help provide overtime pay, travel and training, operational expenses and needed equipment.

Sheriff Phillips said “Illegal drugs are a scourge to our society and most of the crimes committed are a result of drug use. Drug traffickers do not respect boundaries such as city limits or county lines and move freely between these jurisdictions. This Task Force, which will possess State authority, will allow us to, more efficiently, investigate drug cases across these boundaries and will provided necessary manpower and resources to combat this problem.”

Jackson County Sheriff's Office Arrests Four in Skyline Drug Case

 

 

On Friday October 27, 2017, members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and  Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on Morris Circle in Skyline, AL. During the search of the residence Investigators located Methamphetamine Ice, approximately 4.5 ounces of Liquid Methamphetamine, Scales, Clonazepam, Oxycodone and Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested in connection with this investigation were: Nathaniel JONES age 40 of Skyline, AL. who was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances x2 and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Bond $32,300); Marki JOHNSON age 36 of Skyline, AL. who was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances x2 and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Bond $32,300); Nicholas MINOR age 27 of Scottsboro, AL. who was charged with Loitering in a Drug House (Bond $300); and John PROCTOR age 37 of Skyline, AL. who was charged with Loitering in a Drug House, and an outstanding arrest warrant for Failure to Pay a Fine (Bond $346).  All remain in custody at the time of this release.

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Counterfeit Operation Dismantled in Jackson County

 

On Friday October 27, 2017, at around 12:45 PM, the Section, Alabama Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office were notified of an individual who attempted to “pass” a counterfeit bill at a Section business.  Section Police Chief Pete Ledwell responded and conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle, detaining both occupants, who were identified as Connor GLASS age 24 of Cullman, AL. and Karla KUGLER age 19 of Cullman, AL.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded after-which a search warrant was obtained and executed on the vehicle.  During the search, equipment used to make counterfeit currency, including a computer, printer, paper and ink, were located and seized along with several counterfeit bills totaling $1,800 in denominations of 20’s and 100’s, which were located concealed on the person of GLASS.  Additionally, a small quantity of Methamphetamine was located.  As a result of this investigation, GLASS was charged with 33 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument, Possession of a Forgery Device, Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), and Promoting Prison Contraband 1st degree.  KUGLER was charged with 34 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument and Possession of a Forgery Device.  Bond was set at $180,000 for GLASS and $172,500 for KUGLER.   Both remain in the Jackson County Jail.  

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Multi-Agency Case-High Grade Marijuana Seizure

 

 

 

On Wednesday October 25, 2017, a Drug Investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Madison-Morgan County S.T.A.C Team, Huntsville Police Department, Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and the ALEA Regional Drug Task Force. This Investigation began with a traffic stop conducted by Huntsville Police Department K-9 Unit, in Madison County, where approximately 5 pounds of high grade Marijuana were located and seized. This seizure led investigators to a residence on County Road 43 in Section, AL. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence during which approximately 1 pound of high grade marijuana, approximately 90 grams of highly concentrated THC oil also known as “DAB”, an electronic currency counter, a commercial vacuum sealer, drug paraphernalia, firearms and US currency were located. Madison/Morgan County STAC Team arrested Andrew James Gifford age 24 of Section, AL. and charged him with Trafficking in Marijuana. Additional arrests are pending in Jackson County.

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JCSO Weekend Drugs Arrests

 

On October 21, 2017, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sgt. John McCrary received a call of a suspicious vehicle behind the Garth Church on Alabama Hwy 65 at Jackson County Rd 10. When Sgt. McCrary arrived the vehicle sped off and a pursuit began which ended in Gurley, AL. near Capers Drive. When the vehicle stopped the driver jumped out of the vehicle carrying a backpack and a foot chase began and ended a short distance later with the subject being arrested. The Gurley Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this pursuit and arrest of the three occupants of the vehicle. Deputies recovered the back pack which contained items used to manufacture methamphetamine along with a small amount of methamphetamine. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located additional amounts of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was called to assist in the investigation and to process evidence. Arrested in connection with this investigation were: JAMES CAMERON JOHNSON age 24 of Paint Rock, AL. who was charged with Harassment (outstanding warrant), Fleeing to Elude, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine 1st degree (Bond $15,900); ASHLEY PRUITT age 25 of Henagar who was charged with Promoting Prison contraband 2nd degree, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Manufacturing Methamphetamine (Bond $22,800); KEVIN LEE VESS age 22 of Paint Rock, AL. who was charged with Failure to pay, Illegal Possession of Alcohol Beverage (outstanding warrants), Possession of Methamphetamine and Manufacture of Methamphetamine (Bond $15,709). All three were transported to the Jackson County Jail.

 

 

On October 22, 2017, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Travis Stephens and Hunter Franks went to a residence on Williamson Street in Paint Rock, AL. to serve an outstanding arrest warrant. While at the residence Deputy Stevens could smell a strong odor of marijuana and contacted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit to assist. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located in the residence. Three subjects were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail. While at the jail the male subject was searched and corrections officers located approximately 116 grams of methamphetamine, Alprazolam, Lyrica, Clonazepam and Marijuana hidden on his person. Arrested in connection with this investigation were: ZACHARY DAVID MORRIS age 45 of Woodville, AL. who was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance x3, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd degree (Bond $38,600); TERESA KAY WOODS VESS age 47 of Paint Rock, AL. who was charged Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Bond $600); MONICA NACHOLE VESS age 24 of Paint Rock, AL. who was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Bond $600). All three were transported to the Jackson County Jail.

 

 

On October 22, 2017, in connection with the above search warrant and arrests, a second search warrant was executed at ZACHARY DAVID MORRIS’ residence on Venson Street in Woodville, AL. During this search Deputies located marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia a hand gun and approximately 54 Grams of liquid morphine. Arrested in connection with this search were: TAMMI BOSLEY age 24 of Albertville, AL. who was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, Loitering in a Drug House, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Trafficking in Morphine (Bond $26,200); RILEY WAYNE GRIFFIN age 21 of Gurley, AL. who was charged with Loitering in a Drug House, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Trafficking in Morphine (Bond $26,200); DYLAN KENT SMITH age 20 of Huntsville, AL. who was charged with Loitering in a Drug House, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Trafficking in Morphine (Bond $25,900); SAMUEL LANIER age 36 of New Hope, AL. who was charged with Loitering in a Drug House, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Trafficking in Morphine ($25,900); ZACHARY DAVID MORRIS 45 of Woodville, AL. who was previously arrested at the above search warrant was also charged with Trafficking in Morphine.

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Bridgeport search leads to two drug arrests

 

On Monday October 16, 2017, members of the Jackson County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit , Patrol Deputies and Bridgeport Police Officers executed a search warrant at the Hess Motor Inn in Bridgeport, AL.  As a result of this search, a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located and seized along with $2,500 U.S. Currency.  Tammy SOARD age 47 of Bridgeport, AL. and William Joel SOARD age 56 of Section, AL. were arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine) and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Both were transported to the Jackson County Jail and bond has been set at $5,300.  

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Arrest Warrant leads to Drug Seizure

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, Jackson County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division Lt. Craig Holcomb went to a residence on Al. Hwy 35 in Section, AL. to attempt to serve two Grand Jury Indictments on Katherine Michelle THRIFT. While making the arrest Lt. Holcomb noticed Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia at the residence and contacted the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit.

Lt. Tracy Holman with the Narcotics Unit obtained a search warrant for the residence which was executed on the same date. This investigation resulted in the seizure of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Alprazolam, Dextroamphetamine, a Marijuana plant that was approximately 2 feet tall and Drug Paraphernalia.

Katherine Michelle Thrift, age 41, of Section, AL. was arrested and charged with the outstanding Grand Jury Indictments for Possession of Controlled Substance and Burglary 3 rd degree.  THRIFT was further charged with the additional charges of: Possession of a Controlled Substance x3 (Methamphetamine, Alprazolam, and Dextroamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Bond has been set at $20,100.

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Overnight Drug Arrests in Jackson County

On Tuesday 10/3/17 Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputy Travis Stevens conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation on Co Rd 25 in Skyline, Alabama. As a result of the traffic stop Deputy Stevens arrested William Christopher Smith, 26, of Scottsboro, Alabama on an outstanding arrest warrant. Deputy Stevens also recovered approximately one pound of Marijuana and approximately 4 grams of Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia. The JCSO Narcotics Unit also responded to the traffic stop to assist Deputy Stevens and process the scene. Smith was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana 1st degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

In a separate arrest Lt. Craig Holcomb arrested Brandi Lynn Vann, 29, of Skyline, Alabama on an arrest warrant for a bond revocation at a residence on Al Hwy 79 in Skyline, Alabama. Vann was found to be in possession of approximately one gram of Methamphetamine once she arrived at the jail. Vann was then additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd degree.

 

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Pharmacy Robbery In Higdon, AL. Arrest of Michael BAXTER

 

On Tuesday October 3, 2017, at approximately 1:30 PM, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Robbery at Ponder Pharmacy in Higdon, AL.  During this Robbery, a white male subject entered the Pharmacy armed with a handgun and took several bottles of the controlled substance Oxycodone. Witnesses provided a description of the suspect and suspects’ vehicle which was forwarded to surrounding counties including Dade County Georgia.  A short time later the Dade County Georgia Sheriff’s Office and Trenton, Georgia Police Department located the suspect vehicle near I-59 in Trenton, Georgia.  A high speed chase ensued at speeds in excess of 100 mph southbound on I-59 into DeKalb County Alabama.   The chase ended as the suspect exited I-59 near the Sulfur Springs exit.   The suspect, Michael David BAXTER age 35 of Ider, Alabama, was arrested and evidence was recovered from the vehicle including the stolen items and a handgun.  After determining that BAXTER ingested a number of the stolen Oxycodone, DeKalb Ambulance Service (DAS) was contacted and responded to the scene.  Due to BAXTER being under the influence of the Oxycodone, he was transported to Highlands Hospital in Scottsboro, Alabama.  BAXTER was admitted and remains in the hospital and is being guarded by members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.   An arrest warrant has been obtained charging BAXTER with Pharmacy Robbery.  On Wednesday October 4, 2017, BAXTER was released from Highlands Hospital and was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was charged with Pharmacy Robbery. 

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips wants to thank all the agencies who assisted and participated in this investigation.

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