9 face drug charges

Published 12:00am Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No tag and bad case of nerves led to the arrest of a Flomaton man on drug charges Monday, while Brewton Police Department wrapped up a sting Tuesday that sent nine to jail and left them still searching for one.
Brandon Burkett, Commander of 21st Circuit Judicial Drug Task Force, said Tuesday that 23-year-old Herbert Adams Jr. was pulled over for not having


a tag while driving on Old Sardine Road. Burkett said that a check of Adam’s driving history revealed he was operating the vehicle on a suspended license
“When he was asked to exit the vehicle, he appeared to be very nervous,” Burkett said. “That’s when we asked for, and was granted, consent to search his vehicle.”
Burkett said DTF agents found methamphetamine and synthetic cannabinoids in the rear floorboard.
Adams is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, cited for two traffic violations and taken to the Escambia County Detention Center.
After wrapping up an undercover round up of “pill pushers” this week, Brewton Police Department’s narcotics unit sent seven to jail while officers are still searching for an eighth.
Sgt. Andrew Casey of the Brewton Police Department’s narcotics division said Friday that the focus of the initiative was placed on prescription narcotic sales.
“That’s our biggest problem, as far as drugs go in Brewton,” Casey said. “There are a lot of people who abuse pills. This roundup targeted the low-level, every day people who fill their prescriptions and then sells them.
“I hope these arrests send a message,” Casey said. “We’re going to keep putting the pressure. Prescription pill abuse, most people think that, ‘Well, I have a prescription, and it can’t hurt me.’ They’d be wrong. A lot of people overdose every year, and we don’t want that.”
Police are currently searching for 28-year-old Rodney Dewayne Lane. He is wanted in connection with the roundup for the alleged distribution and possession of hydrocodone.
Arrested were:
• Wofford Legreer Horton III, 32, for the distribution and possession of hydrocodone;
• Tava Rene Pate, 47, for the distribution and possession of hydrocodone and suboxone;
• Ronald Paul Andrews, 47, on two counts each of the distribution and sale of suboxone;
• Clinton Miller Ball, 28, for the distribution and possession of alprazolam and five counts of possession of alprazolam, hydrocodone, methadone and clonazepam;
• Jerry Leon Smith, 53, for the distribution and possession of oxycodone;
• James Derek Ramos, 25, for the distribution and possession of marijuana; ,
• Henry Lee Minous, 59, for the distribution and possession of cocain, and
• Michael W. Grimes, 45, two counts of distribution of hydrocoden, aprozolum and two counts of possessing a controlled substance.

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