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3 arrested for drug charges

What happens if you show up at the police department intoxicated and carrying illegal prescription pills?

You end up in jail – and that’s exactly what happened to an East Brewton woman called into the police department this week to pick up a juvenile involved in an unrelated incident, said Chief Kenny Brazile.

“She was clearly intoxicated and we knew she was on something,” Brazile said. “Later, we discovered she was high on prescription pills.”

Brazile said when officers performed a “pat down” of 42-year-old Naomi Hines, they found illegal prescription drugs.

Hines was charged with possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

She was one of three people arrested over the week for drug possession, Brazile said.

“Thanks to citizen tips, we were able to arrest two others,” he said. “We need citizens to be our eyes and ears in the community. They see way more than what we see. We tell them, don’t act on what you see. Call us, and these people did.”

Benjamin Jackson, 36, of East Brewton, is facing possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charges after complaints were received about “possible drug traffic” at his Victory Street home, Brazile said.

“With that information, we were able to start an investigation and obtain a search warrant for the home,” he said. “Inside, we recovered spice – or synthetic marijuana- scales and some prescription pills.”

Erica Weaver was also arrested following a traffic stop after officers observed the infraction while traveling on Springhill Drive.

Inside the car, officers recovered crack cocaine and a pipe, Brazile said.

Weaver, 28, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.