13 Arrested after Saturation on Sand Mountain
Last night, Deputies and Officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, DeKalb County Drug Task Force, Jackson County Drug Task Force, Alabama Department of Public Safety, Sylvania Police Department, Powell Police Department, and Henagar Police Department took part in a Saturation Operation targeting the Powell and Sylvania areas.
13 were arrested in total as a result of the operation. The charges were related to drug possession, outstanding warrants, and charges received for attempting to elude.
Two incidents occurred involving subjects attempting to run from deputies, and in both cases, those involved were captured. Barry Blake (50 of Henagar) and Vicki Williams (50 of Henagar) were arrested after Blake fled on foot during a traffic stop on County Road 576 (near Buttram’s Crossroads).
Blake was located later with assistance from the Sylvania Fire Department, and is currently facing 8 charges.
Jesse Buttram (21 of Dutton) also led Deputies on a chase beginning near Northeast Alabama Community College, eventually ending near the Powell Crossing.
Buttram received 11 charges. The two other occupants of the vehicle, Corey Fowler (23 of Section) and Patrick Lee (23 of Section) also received several charges.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the operation: “We conducted another successful saturation operation last night in the Sylvania/Powell area. We’re going to continue to these at random times and different locations within the county.”
“We hope to make this county feel like a safe place for our law abiding citizens, and not feel like a safe place for criminals. I’d like to commend our Deputies and Drug Task Force Agents for participating in this. I’d also like thank all the other agencies who came out to help,” said Welden.
“Also, a big thank you to the Sylvania Fire Department for coming out and assisting us find a subject who fled on foot. Their firefighters were essential in apprehending the suspect,” he said.
“As always, God Bless,” concluded Sheriff Welden.
Those arrested in the operation were: