Three charged in drug cases

Published 12:21 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Three Brewton residents were arrested this week after members of the Brewton Police Department acted on writs for arrest handed down during the recent session of the Escambia County Grand Jury.

Sgt. Bryan Davis, director of the Narcotics Division of the Brewton Police Department, said officers made the arrests Monday acting on the Grand Jury writs.

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“We were able to take all three of the suspects into custody without incident,” Davis said. “They will now face the charges against them before a judge.”

Arrested on unrelated charges were Joyce Madewell, Lorrico Stevens and Scotty James Nix.

Madewell has been charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony as defined in the Code of Alabama 1975. The charge of possession of a controlled substance is a class C felony.

If found guilty of the charges against her, Madewell faces up to 20 years on the distribution charge and up to 10 years on the possession charge.

Stevens was charged with three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. If convicted, Stevens will face as many as 60 years for the crimes.

Nix was charged with conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, which is a Class C felony and carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years.

All three were transported to the Escambia County Detention Center where they were booked on the charges filed against them as a result of the Grand Jury session.

Madewell was released on a $100,000 bond following her arrest. Nix was also released on a $5,000 bond.

Stevens remains in custody in lieu of a $300,000 bond.