On April 9, Dekalb County deputies pulled over a vehicle on Highway 35 in Rainsville for a traffic violation. Deputies observed a strong marijuana smell coming from the vehicle driven by Darius Trevon Cottrell, 19, of Fort Payne. With a search of the vehicle marijuana was found in the driver seat and on Cottrell’s person. Cottrell was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and tampering with Physical Evidence.

On April 10th, according to Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, a deputy and a Crossville police officer witnessed a vehicle going at a high rate of speed on Dekalb County Road 24. When the Deputy and Police Officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the vehicle turned on County Road 8, hitting a mailbox and ran a stop sign before running off into a ditch and flipping the vehicle on County Road 456. Once the vehicle came to a rest, George Victor Morton, 35, of Albertville, jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot. After a short foot chase Morton was arrested and charged with Attempting to Elude, Criminal Mischief 3rd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On the same day but in a separate incident, as stated in the press release from Sheriff Harris, deputies pulled over a vehicle for speeding. Once stopped, deputies asked Dylan Nathaniel Essex, 19, of Fort Payne to step out of the vehicle, Deputies then found marijuana and a marijuana pipe on his person. As a result, Essex was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree.

In another incident, the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit pulled over a vehicle for speeding on the I-59. When approaching the vehicle the Agent could smell a strong odor coming from the vehicle. The driver Corvis Ambers, 31 of Birmingham was asked to step out of the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, marijuana, prescription drugs and a gun was found. Ambers was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, according to the press release from Sheriff Harris. .

Also on April 10th, three individuals DeWayne Levon Childrey, 23 of Stone Mountain GA, Shala D. Gillespie, 36 of Philadelphia, PA, and Courtney Dwayne Ayers, 36 of Decaur, GA were stopped at a driver’s license check point. When Deputies and Officers assessed the vehicle they noticed a strong smell. The K-9 Deputy got K-9 Yogi to do an open air sniff of the vehicle, K-9 Yogi indicated that there were drugs inside the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and marijuana was found. All three individuals were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, as state in the press release.

Early Tuesday morning, April 11, a vehicle pulled up to a Deputy on County Road 169 and County Road 812 in Higdon. While the Deputy was speaking to the individuals it came back that the passenger Joseph Ryan West, 30, of Higdon had warrants on him in DeKalb County, Jackson County and Ider Police Department, at which time West was detained. The Deputy asked the driver Joey Lynn Williams, 50 of Flat Rock, to step out of the vehicle and was found with marijuana on his person. During a search of the vehicle a hand gun was found under the front seat of the vehicle and neither West nor Williams obtained a pistol permit. Both West and Williams were arrested. West was charged with Carrying Concealed Weapon and warrants of Failure to Appear. Williams was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Carrying Concealed Weapon.

Sheriff Harris says “As our Deputies and Police Officers continue to work together with the help of our K-9’s, we will continue to make arrest, have convictions and be successful on our fight against drugs.”