For Immediate Release
July 16, 2014
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:
Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports the arrest of several subjects on a variety of drug charges. On July 7, 2014 Drug Task Force agents executed a search warrant in Fort Payne and arrested Bobby Ray Jackson, age 42 of Fort Payne and Tina Hodge, age 45 of Fort Payne. Jackson and Hodge are charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine after agents seized an ounce of meth during the search warrant. Jackson is also charged with 5 counts of Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance and Hodge has 1 count of Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance related to this investigation Agents executed a second search at another residence in Fort Payne and arrested 5 individuals for drug charges. Joshua Smith, age 37 of Fort Payne and Penny Glasscox, age 42 of Fort Payne are charged with conspiracy to commit a drug crime. Nicolas Johnson, age 24 of Valley Head, Judy Doss, age 51 of Fort Payne, and Jessica Marie Hearn, age 23 of Fort Payne are charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after meth was discovered at the residence.
On July 10 drug agents working with the Marijuana Eradication Task Force arrested Roy Blalock, age 70 of Henagar and charged him with Trafficking in Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after over 100 plants were discovered under his care. Agents also arrested Jeff Spurgin, age 42 of Henagar and charged him with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st after he was found to have over 30 plants at his residence. Task Force agents found and destroyed over 300 plants valued at $600,000 in this first round of the statewide Marijuana Eradication Project.
On July 11th Jail personnel discovered drugs in the detention center and notified Drug Task Force agents. After a thorough investigation Amy Gaul, age 37 of Sylvania, Tonya Brewster, age 37 of Leesburg, Sonya Wade, age 37 of Bryant, Cindy Bates, age 53 of Collinsville and Tina Hodge, age 45 of Fort Payne are now charged with Promoting Prison Contraband, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On July 14th Deputies arrested Thomas Harris, age 19 of Crossville, Dakota Gore, age 18 of Fyffe, and John Adams, age 40 of Fort Payne after traffic stops turned up drugs. Harris is charged with DUI, Minor Consuming Alcohol, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Gore is charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Adams is charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.
On July 2 Crossville Police initiated a traffic stop that also led to drug charges. Arthur A. Davis, age 47 of Horton was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Beverage, and Trafficking illegal Drugs after he was found to be in possession of a pound of cocaine.
Harris states “these cases are the result of officers using good judgment and their training to get drugs off the street. As you can see these cases involve everything from Marijuana to Meth to Cocaine. I am especially glad to have these trafficking and distribution cases made because that has been our goal for some time. I am troubled that drugs got into our facility but there are just some places you can’t search without medical personnel on new inmates. Our staff found these drugs quickly and put a stop to it. Those ladies all have additional felony charges now because of their actions. This has been a busy month but we are having great success in our follow-up of community input. Our deputies and Drug Task Force Agents continue to work great with the city officers all over DeKalb County as we fight these battles.”