Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
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Fort Payne, AL 35968
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Multiple drug raids and arrests this week

The DeKalb County Drug Task Force and Sheriff’s Office made many drug related arrests this week.

Around 9:30 pm Tuesday night (May 7, 2019), Drug Task Force Agents and Deputies conducted a traffic stop on I-59 South around the 217 mile marker.

After conducting a search, a gram of methamphetamine and approximately 30 grams of marijuana were found in the vehicle. Digital scales were also located.

Jonathan DeWolfe (18 of Rainsville)

The driver, Jonathan DeWolfe (18 of Rainsville) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (1st Degree), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On Wednesday afternoon (May 8, 2019) a DeKalb County Deputy responded to a call for backup from a State Trooper on Highway 35 (near Northeast Alabama Community College).

Joshua Jones (28 of Fort Payne)

During the search of the vehicle, suspected synthetic marijuana was found. Joshua Jones (28 of Fort Payne) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The same afternoon, the DeKalb County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Highway 75 near the Georgia state line. During the search, agents found approximately 10 -11 grams of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia.  Illegal weapons were also seized.

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Sabra Long (55 of Higdon) Kimberly Pangel (45 of Mentone) James Gilreath (30 of Henagar) Billy Fairbairn (36 of Pisgah)

Arrested on scene was Sabra Long (55 of Higdon), Kimberly Pangel (45 of Mentone), James Gilreath (30 of Henagar), and Billy Fairbairn (36 of Pisgah).  All were charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia. All remain in the DeKalb County Detention Center at the time of this release.

Also on Wednesday (May 8, 2019), a DeKalb County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on County Road 479 near Kilpatrick.

While making the stop, the suspect was observed tossing an object out of the car. The object was later found to be a meth pipe. Methamphetamine was also found in the vehicle.

Brian Hollingsworth (45 of Boaz)

Brian Hollingsworth (45 of Boaz) was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Early yesterday morning (May 9, 2019) around 5 am, the DeKalb County Special Response Team (SRT) and Drug Task Force took part in a multi-agency raid in Jackson County on County Road 814 near Flat Rock.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Region F Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Henagar Police Department, State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), and the State Fire Marshall also took part in the raid.

Approximately 35 grams of Methamphetamine, 2 grams of Cocaine, 5 Grams of Marijuana, a sawed-off shotgun, several rifles, and several pistols were found at the home.

Five people were arrested in the operation. Four were taken to the Jackson County Detention Center, while one was taken to the DeKalb County Detention Center.

The following were arrested in the operation:

  • - Mark Summerford (56 of Flat Rock)

            - Trafficking in Illegal Drugs

            - Possession of Cocaine

            - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Barbara G Stephens (63 of Flat Rock)

            - Possession of Prescription Drugs (3x)

            - Possession of Methamphetamine

            - Possession of Marijuana

            - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Billy Walker (54 of Flat Rock)

            - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

            - Possession of Sawed Off Rifle/Shotgun

            - Felon in Possession of a Firearm


Connie Summerford (52 of Flat Rock)

            -  Loitering in a Drug House

Steve Holland (63 of Higdon) was also arrested during the operation on an outstanding warrant for DeKalb County and transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center.

Steve Holland (63 of Higdon)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests:One of the main goals of our office is to make it hard to buy, sell, and use illegal drugs in this county. We’re proud to work with our state, federal, and neighboring agencies to achieve this goal.”

“Drug dealers do not respect county lines. Therefore it is essential that we work with our neighboring departments to stop dangerous drugs in other areas. I’d like to thank our drug task force agents and deputies for their hard work,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.