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Remembering Retired Deputy Rene Ramos

It is with great sadness we report the passing of retired Deputy, Rene Ramos.  Ramos served the department for over 15 years.  Ramos served in several different positions including Patrol Deputy, SRO Investigations and Chief Jailer.  We will "honor" him as the Hero he was and for the service he left behind, as a teacher, as a mentor and again someone who unselfishly served his community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all of DCSO as we mourn his loss.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: Deputy Ramos was definitely an outstanding example of a professional Law Enforcement figure.  I have many great memories of Deputy Ramos and so do many others at our office that will live on forever.  Not only did he serve DeKalb County with true professionalism and patriotism, he serves this county in the same manor.  Men like this nowadays are hard to come by.  I'm glad the Lord Blessed me and allowed me to know such a Fine man!

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

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Over the Last Three Weeks, 18 Have Been Arrested on Drug Related Charges

Over the last three weeks, 18 have been arrested on drug related charges.  A stolen vehicle was recovered, several firearms and over a half pound of methamphetamine have been confiscated.

On Wednesday, December 16, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents followed up on a drug complaint in the Aroney area resulting in the arrest of Heather Leann Nunnelley (45 of Boaz).  Agents were talking with Nunnelley while she was sitting in her car.  She then started to drive off but soon lost control of her vehicle, she then tried to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.  Agents found Nunnelley in possession of methamphetamine, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia.  Nunnelley was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Reckless Endangerment (x2), Criminal Mischief 3rd (x3), Giving False ID to Officer, Attempting to Elude (x2), Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstructing Government Operations, Assault 3rd (x2) and Illegal Possession of Prescription Pills.

Heather Leann Nunnelley (45 of Boaz)

On Sunday, December 20, Valley Head Police Department called DeKalb County Narcotics Agents to assist on a traffic stop, on County Road 513 near Hammondville, after they found controlled substances in the vehicle.  Michael Guyce Riggs (38 of Collinsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x3).

Michael Guyce Riggs (38 of Collinsville)

On Monday, December 21, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents were called in to assist with a traffic stop on Al Hwy 68 in Collinsville after DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies located methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Joshua Ty Cunningham (40 of Cedar Bluff) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Joshua Ty Cunningham (40 of Cedar Bluff)

On Sunday, December 27, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 685 in Sylvania resulting in finding synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Jared Lance Haggard (29 of Meridianville) and Whitney Marie Durham (27 of Meridianville) were both charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jared Lance Haggard (29 of Meridianville) Whitney Marie Durham (27 of Meridianville)

On Monday, December 28, DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a trespassing call on County Road 577 in Rainsville.  Upon arrival deputies found William James Ingle (29 of Rainsville) sitting in a vehicle.  Methamphetamine was discovered.  When deputies attempted to arrest Ingle, he resisted, but was quickly apprehended.  Ingle was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Trespassing 3rd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Rainsville Police Department assisted in this arrest.

William James Ingle (29 of Rainsville)

On Friday, January 1, Henagar Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 75 in Henagar finding the driver under the influence.  DeKalb County Narcotics Agents were called in to assist in the arrest, finding kratom, oxycodone and Xanax in the vehicle.  Richard Blake Lawson (36 of Hixson, TN) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Richard Blake Lawson (36 of Hixson, TN)

On Sunday, January 3, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents were called in to assist Henagar Police Officers on a traffic stop on Al 40 in Henagar after synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.  Stephani Kay Galloway (22 of Chattanooga, TN) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Promote Prison Contraband 2nd.

Stephani Kay Galloway (22 of Chattanooga, TN)

On Monday, January 4, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents received a tip about some drug activity going on at Econo Lodge in Fort Payne resulting in the arrest of Dakota Blake Gray (24 of Section).  Agents found Gray to be in possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia Gray was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Dakota Blake Gray (24 of Section)

On the same day, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a search warrant from an ongoing investigation, on Bray Drive in Henagar resulting in the arrests of David Ray Cisco (48 of Dutton), Gary Wayne Chambless (37, address unknown) andRandy Paul Tidwell (58 of Bridgeport).  Cisco was found to be in possession of 2 ounces of methamphetamine.  Chambless and Tidwell were found to be in possession of approximately half pound of methamphetamine.  During the search an undisclosed amount of US currency and several firearms were seized.  Cisco, Chamblessand Tidwell were charged with Trafficking in any Illegal Drug and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Henagar Police Department and DeKalb County Investigation Division assisted in this case.

David Ray Cisco (48 of Dutton) Gary Wayne Chambless (37, address unknown) Randy Paul Tidwell (58 of Bridgeport)

On Tuesday, January 5, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents along with Sylvania Police Department and Powell Police Department conducted a search at a residence on Newman Drive in Sylvania, finding approximately 3 grams of Heroin, as well as drug paraphernalia.  Jason Keith Wells (41 of Rainsville), Timothy Neil Wells (45 of Rainsville), Brent Cagle Wells (43 of Ider) and Misty Dawn Moody (45 of Rainsville) were all charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Jason Keith Wells (41 of Rainsville) Timothy Neil Wells (45 of Rainsville) Brent Cagle Wells (43 of Ider) Misty Dawn Moody (45 of Rainsville)

On the same day, in an unrelated case, Narcotics Agents conducted a search at a residence on Scenic Road in Fort Payne.  Billy Eugene Collins (45 of Fort Payne) was found to be in the possession of approximately 1 gram of heroin.  Collins was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Billy Eugene Collins (45 of Fort Payne)

In another unrelated incident, on the same day, Jimmy Max Callahan (43 of Valley Head) was charged with Theft of Property 1st.  Callahan was identified from a security camera stealing a vehicle from a business in Fort Payne.  The vehicle was recovered and turned it back over to the owner.  Fort Payne Police Departments Investigation Division assisted agents in this case. 

Jimmy Max Callahan (43 of Valley Head)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "As you can see, even with holidays and sickness across our county, crime doesn't seem to slow down or even take a break!  Neither do we!!  Our DCSO family is always out working hard and trying their best to answer complaints and going above and beyond to keep our communities safe.  It takes a dedicated fight and strong hearted officers to keep moving forward in times like these.  I am blessed to know the men and women that put the badge on everyday in DeKalb County.  They are definitely true heroes and hold the front line whole heartedly!  I want to personally thank all agencies in DeKalb County, and the citizens who support our men and women in blue.  Together we are the ones who make the difference and stand for what is Right!"

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

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A Tribute to Senior Lieutenant Jeff Bain

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, we report the passing of one of our own, Senior Lieutenant Jeff Bain.  Lt Bain passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at DeKalb Reginal Hospital due to complications that arose from Covid-19.  Lt. Bain was in law enforcement for over 30 years, and for over 19 of those, he proudly served with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.  Lt. Bain was a dedicated and loyal Deputy who had a passion to serve his community.  Having served in the U.S. Army, Lt. Bain defined Public Service and Patriotism.  He was well respected among his peers and the law enforcement profession.  We ask for your prayers for Jeff's family and his DCSO family.  Jeff was loved by all of us and he will be greatly missed.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I definitely don't know where to begin and don't have the words!  My heart hurts, everyone's heart hurts at DCSO right now.  We lost a true patriot!  Lt. Bain was the guy everyone looked up to and looked for when they needed answers and help.  I've known him for at least 21 years, and considered him one of the greatest friends I've ever been blessed to know.  But we weren't just friends or co-workers, we were family!  Everyone at DCSO is family, and times like this really hurt!  In our job you can't just lay down your sword and shield when things of the world come at you, you have got to press on.  Just like during this pandemic people still need us and call on us, and we have to go because it's what we do.  It's times like this that show the real, TRUE heroes like Lt. Jeff Bain!!!  He never let anything get him down, he just kept pressing on, all for people he didn't know!  That's the kind of heroes you will never replace and I assure you, we will never forget. There's going to be tough grieving days ahead, and we will never get over this, but as a family we can help each other get through it!!  I ask that you please keep the family in your prayers as well as our DCSO family."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

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Man Committed Burglary Using Bicycle as Mode of Transportation

On Tuesday, December 29th, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office received a call about a burglary on County Road 51 near Collinsville.  

DCSO did have a description of the subject thanks to a door bell camera at the residence.  The subject was on a bicycle with no fenders, a basket or backpack on the handlebars, he had a full red beard and was wearing a toboggan.  A be on the lookout was then issued.  Later, the subject approached a Fort Payne Police Officer at a gas station at Hwy 11 and I-59 on the North end of Fort Payne asking for directions.  Recognizing the subject, the Fort Payne Police officer detained him until a deputy arrived.  Tommy Lee Wells (33, address unknown) was charged with Burglary 3rd and Theft of Property 3rd.

  Tommy Lee Wells (33, address unknown)

    

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "Great job by all involved, getting this info and description out fast was definitely the factor in a fast apprehension.  Thanks to Fort Payne Police Department for being super vigilant and detaining this subject before he had the opportunity to commit another crime.  This also shows the importance in home security systems these days.  What could have taken days, months or longer to make a case literally took minutes due to homeowners security methods.  You can never be too prepared!"

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

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Two Arrested and Linked to Seven Burglaries and Thefts in the Area

FORT PAYNE, Ala. On Tuesday, December 21, Kathryn E. Smith (19 of Cleveland, TN) and Tristan Wade Grider (20 of Cleveland, TN) was arrested for a string of theft and burglaries that have occurred in three different states over the past year.  With the information provided to us at this time, it shows that Smith and Grider have been in our area for about two weeks.  They have been linked to seven burglaries and thefts in the Hammondville, Valley Head and Mentone areas.  Officers, Deputies and Investigators had been looking for these two for about a week before they were found.

Kathryn E. Smith (19 of Cleveland, TN) Tristan Wade Grider (20 of Cleveland, TN)

This investigation began on Monday, December 14, when Mentone Police Department received a call from a citizen reporting a gold vehicle with two subjects, pull into a driveway.  One male subject got out of the vehicle and took a package off of a porch from a home on AL 117. 

On Friday, December 18, Mentone PD received a call reporting a burglary on Road 1941.  Mentone PD called DeKalb County Sheriff's Office requesting assistance.  Homeowners reported guns, TVs, etc., stolen during the burglary.  Mentone PD started extra patrol and requested extra patrol from DCSO as well. 

On Saturday, December 19, a Mentone officer found some items, from the burglary on Road 1941, at a popular pull off spot on County Road 89.  The items found were perceived to be hard to sell, trade or pawn.

On Monday, December 21 at approximately 11:30am Mentone Police Department received a call about a burglary in progress on County Road 89.  When officers arrived on scene a gold vehicle was backed up to the front door of the house and the subjects fled out the back door into the woods.  Mentone PD called DCSO, ALEA and Valley Head Police Department for assistance.  While officers, deputies and state troopers were searching the area, DeSoto Rescue Squad launched a drone to assist in the search.  Also, DeKalb County Investigators were called in to process the scene.  When the subjects fled, they left their vehicle, two cell phones and a wallet with a Tennessee driver's license belonging to Smith.  Items from a separate burglary, were also found in the vehicle.

Later that day, a citizen notified the police of a vehicle that had just dropped off two subjects at a gas station in Hammondville.  Before deputies could arrive, the two had already left.  The witness provided a description of the two, which matched a description of the subjects, and also a description of the vehicle that picked them up.  A be on the lookout was then issued.  A Volunteer Fire Fighter spotted the vehicle near Henagar and notified the authorities.  He then followed the vehicle to a residence in Jackson County.  Deputies and Investigators from Jackson County responded, along with Investigators with Henagar PD.  Kathryn E Smith (19 of Cleveland, TN) and Tristan Wade Grider (20 of Cleveland, TN) were arrested on scene.  Smith was charged with Burglary 3rd (x 5), Theft of Property 3rd, Theft of Property 2nd (x2), Criminal Mischief 3rd (x2).  Bond is set at $58,500.00.  Grider was charged with Burglary 3rd (x5), Obstructing Gov. Operations, Theft of Property 2nd (x3) and Criminal Mischief 3rd (x2).  Bond is set at $64,500.00.

A third subject has been identified in assisting in the burglaries and warrants have been issued.  This subject is believed to be in Bradley County Tennessee.   Grider is also wanted out of Bradley County TN, and is believed to have fled the state to escape prosecution. 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This is definitely a great effort by all first responders who know the importance of being vigilant.  It's great to know we are all on the same team and work together as well as we do!  Thanks to Mentone Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies, DeKalb County Investigators, ALEA, DeSoto Rescue Squad, Henagar Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Valley Head Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff's Office, in Tennessee, for providing info on the three subjects and Pearl River County Sheriff's Office, in Mississippi, for providing info on Grider and Smith, for stopping a spree of thefts and solving several cases that have devastated our rural areas during what is supposed to be a happy time of the year.  Check our website for the Naughty list!

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

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Puppy Scam

FORT PAYNE, Ala.  Earlier this month, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a person on FaceBook advertising puppies for sale requiring a deposit of $250.00. A FaceBook account with the name Samantha Allen was used to facilitate the scam.  This FaceBook account was determined to have been a fake account.  The subject would set up a meeting place to get the $250.00 deposit and promised the puppy at a later date.  After receiving the money, the fake account was deleted.  This subject was identified as Sabrina Gabriell Esloon (28 of Rainsville) and warrants were obtained for her arrest through the DeKalb County Circuit Clerks Office.  DeKalb County Sheriff's Office had been working closely with other agencies trying to locate Esloon.  Rainsville Police Department encountered Esloon entering a store in Rainsville where she was detained until DCSO could arrive.  This has occurred in Marshall and Jackson counties as well and possibly other places.  Esloon was charged with Theft of Property 4th.

Sabrina Gabriell Esloon (28 of Rainsville)

If you or someone you know has been scammed by Esloon, please reach out to us at 256-845-3801.

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Sheriff's Office Closing Starting Tuesday December 22, Until January 4, 2021

 

FORT PAYNE, Ala.  Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Sheriff's Office Lobby will close starting Tuesday, December 22, and reopen Monday, January 4, 2021. 

You will still be able to renew pistol permits on our website at http://www.dekalbcountysheriff.org (Click on pistol permits). 

For jail related needs or reports please call our dispatch at (256)-845-3801 and your call will be routed to the appropriate person. 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "Sometimes decisions made are not the easiest ones, but you have to make sure they are the Right ones.  With the safety and health issues we are faced with in today's time, it is more important than ever to make sure the proper decisions are made.  This not only protects our family at DCSO, but it very well may protect yours.  I pray for healing among all families, and together we WILL more forward.  I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and let's remember the TRUE meaning!"

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

Update on Illegal Winery Operation

FORT PAYNE, Ala.  Today, December 18, an arrest was made in the illegal winery operation that was set up in the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Rainsville.  Allen Maurice Stiefel (62 of Fyffe) was charged with Unlawful Possession of an Illegally Manufactured Alcoholic Beverage, a misdemeanor and Use of Official Position for Personnel Gain, a class B felony.

Allen Maurice Stiefel (62 of Fyffe)
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DCSO Uncovers Large Illegal Winery at Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant

Large amount of wine and other evidence seized at the Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant, a building owned and operated by the City of Rainsville. 

Today, (Thursday, December 17, 2020) at approximately 3 pm, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office investigators and narcotics unit agents uncovered a large illegal winery at the Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Earlier today, an anonymous tip was received stating that a possible illegal alcohol operation was taking place at a City of Rainsville municipal building.

After agents and investigators arrived at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Horton Road in Rainsville, Mayor Roger Lingerfelt was contacted and advised of the complaint. Mayor Lingerfelt then arrived on scene to allow agents and investigators to proceed in a search of the building.

While conducting the search, agents and investigators located a large amount of illegal alcohol, and a winery which appeared to be in operation for a long period of time. ALEA and SBI investigators were also on scene to assist with the investigation.

This investigation is ongoing, and charges will be filed. We will update in the coming days when more information can be made available.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I want to thank the mayor for his cooperation and willingness to allow law enforcement to do our job and shut something like this down. This is definitely one of the biggest operations we've seen in our county and possibly our state. A big thanks to the public and their tips against ALL illegal activities."

"Once again, it doesn't matter who you are, no one is above the law. We won't tolerate anyone using their position to hide their illegal actions at the taxpayer's expense.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Over Two Grams of Heroin Seized in Last Few Weeks

FORT PAYNE, Ala.  Over the last few weeks, 21 have been arrested and over two grams of heroin has been taken off the streets.

On Thursday, November 26, deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 55 on Lookout Mountain.  During the traffic stop, deputies found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Hannah Elizabeth Cook (33 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Hannah Elizabeth Cook (33 of Fort Payne

On Saturday, November 28, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 68 in Crossville.  During the traffic stop, Drug Task Force was called in by deputies.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found.  Charles Blake Tims (27 of Collinsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.

Charles Blake Tims (27 of Collinsville)

On Tuesday, December 1, ALEA attempted to conduct a traffic stop on I-59.  The induvial failed to stop, leading officers on a pursuit.  Eventually the suspect exited the freeway onto Glenn Blvd in Fort Payne.  The pursuit continued through Fort Payne until he got back onto I-59 heading South.   He was apprehended around the 214-mile marker.  Jacoriun Devorie Garrett (24 of Gadsden) was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Attempt to Elude.  Synthetic marijuana and marijuana were found.

Jacoriun Devorie Garrett (24 of Gadsden)

On Friday, December 4, Andy Dion McSpadden (47 of Fort Payne) was arrested on Williams Avenue in Fort Payne after Narcotics Agents observed him in what was believed to be a drug transaction.  Agents then made contact with McSpadden and found him to be in possession with methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  McSpadden was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2), Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Andy Dion McSpadden (47 of Fort Payne)

On Saturday, December 5, Scotty Brian Hodge (29 of Rainsville) was arrested during a traffic stop on County Road 47 in Powell.  During the stop, approximately 1.5 grams of heroin and assorted drug paraphernalia was found.  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit assisted in this arrest.  Hodge was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Scotty Brian Hodge (29 of Rainsville)

On Tuesday, December 8, narcotics agents conducted a search at a residence on Scenic Road in Fort Payne, seizing around a gram of heroin.  Milton Hulsey (65 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  On an unrelated incident, on the same day, Michael Brandon Lambert (29 of Bryant), Brent Cagle Wells (43 of Ider) and Timothy Neil Wells (45 of Rainsville) were arrested at a residence on Newman Drive in Sylvania after receiving several complaints about drug activity in the area.  Drug Paraphernalia was found and all three were charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Sylvania Police Department assisted in the arrests.  Also, on Tuesday, DeKalb County Deputies made a traffic stop on County Road 34 in the Crossville area.  During the stop deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Brittni Lumpkin (27 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Marty Ray Smith (44 of Crossville) was a passenger in the vehicle and arrested when deputies found that he was wanted on outstanding warrants of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.

Milton Hulsey (65 of Fort Payne) Michael Brandon Lambert (29 of Bryant) Brent Cagle Wells (43 of Ider) Timothy Neil Wells (45 of Rainsville)
Brittni Lumpkin (27 of Crossville) Marty Ray Smith (44 of Crossville)

On Wednesday, December 9, Dehlia McSpadden (46 of Valley Head) was arrested at a residence on County Road 611 in the Hammondville area, and charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.  During the search, agents found synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Also arrested on outstanding warrants of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia were Kyle Andrew Sewell (31 of Trenton, GA) and Joey Shane Wooten (49 of Rainsville).  Christopher Michael Woodle (32 of grove Oak) was also arrested and charged with Failure to Appear.

Dehlia McSpadden (46 of Valley Head) Kyle Andrew Sewell (31 of Trenton, Ga) Joey Shane Wooten (49 of Rainsville) Christopher Michael Woodle (32 of Grove Oak)

On Thursday, December 10, Jordan Tyler Wilson (29 of Fort Payne), Misty Dawn Moody (46 of Scottsboro) and Derrick Lane Moody (28 of Fyffe) was arrested during a traffic stop on Glenn Blvd S, in Fort Payne.  Heroin was found during the search of the vehicle.  All three were charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Jordan Tyler Wilson (29 of Fort Payne) Misty Dawn Moody (46 of Scottsboro) Derrick Lane Moody (28 of Fyffe)

On Friday, December 11, agents received several complaints of drug use at a residence on Lyons Road in Hammondville.  Arriving at the residence, agents saw Terry Leonard Holcomb (59 of Chattanooga, TN) run into the residence.  Upon entering, agents witnessed Holcomb attempting to destroy evidence.  Synthetic marijuana was found during the search.   Holcomb was arrested and charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Also arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia was Ricky Lionel Rogers (37 of Valley Head).  On the same day, on an unrelated call, agents had received information about drug activity at Ramblewood Apartments in Fort Payne.  During the search, marijuana was found.  Talisa Marie Smith (27 of Gadsden) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Smith also had a small child with her in which DHR was called in to take care of. 

Terry Leonard Holcomb (59 of Chattanooga, Tn) Ricky Lionel Rogers (37 of Valley Head) Talisa Marie Smith (27 of Gadsden)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This is definitely some GREAT work that took tough, long hours being put in from our deputies, DTF and surrounding agencies from one end of our county to the other.  Often the hard work goes unnoticed.  The public doesn't realize what all is lurking just down the road, but this definitely shows who is out and about doing their best to protect our kids from the poison that's out there.  It's sad when you see such drugs as heroin surfacing in our communities and county but knowing the caliber of men and women we have in DeKalb County who wear that heavy badge are leading the front line battle against drugs, is definitely reassuring in my eyes.  Please keep these men and women in your prayers.  They all need all the prayers they can get and the (Whole Armor of GOD) for what they are up against."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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