Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
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Fort Payne, AL 35968
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Large Amount of Spice Confiscated & Wanted Felon Apprehended

Hard work paid off for the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit after a large amount of synthetic marijuana (spice) was seized earlier today. A wanted felon is also behind bars after a long chase in the Aroney area yesterday.

After numerous narcotics complaints regarding a residence in Powell, Agents paid a visit to the address at approximately 3 pm earlier today. When arriving on scene, Agents observed a subject toss an object underneath the porch. After locating the object, it was determined to be synthetic marijuana.

After a search of the residence, approximately 100 grams of synthetic marijuana was located and appeared to be bagged for distribution. Derick Nash Farmer (24 of Powell) was charged with Trafficking in any Illegal Drug, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Derick Nash Farmer (24 of Powell)

Yesterday at approximately 3 pm, a DeKalb County Narcotics Agent observed a subject with existing felony warrants driving near the DeKalb/Etowah County line. When the agent attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the suspect initiated a highspeed pursuit.

The suspect would lead the agent on an approximately 15-minute chase, that would reach speeds over 100 mph. The suspect eventually wrecked on County Road 397, near the Aroney Community. The subject then led the agent on a foot pursuit covering approximately a mile before being apprehended. The subject was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect, Sterling Morgan (27 of Boaz) was charged with Attempt to Elude (x2), Driving While Revoked, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Stop, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.

Sterling Morgan (27 of Boaz)

Morgan is also facing a 14-year sentence for parole violations in addition to charges related to the pursuit.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: "This is another great job by our Narcotics Unit. These suspects have been selling poison and terrorizing these communities for way too long. Mr. Morgan had long evaded justice on a lengthy sentence."

"These communities and our roadways are safer due to our agents' and deputies' hard work," said Sheriff Welden.                                  

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.