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Four Charged in Meth Lab
2015-04-20
On April 18, 2015, the Harpersville Police Department responded to a noxious odor call in the 500 block of Farmingdale Rd in Harpersville. The officers arrived on the scene, and during the course of the investigation, officers discovered evidence of a meth lab. The Harpersville Police Department then contacted the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) investigators arrived on the scene, where they dismantled and removed the methamphetamine laboratory. During the investigation, four individuals were questioned and subsequently arrested.

The individuals arrested were:
  • Rita Cole Gulledge, 53, of Harpersville, was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance 1st. Her bond totals $750,000.
  • Lynn Alton Vick, 49, of Westover, was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance 1st. His bond totals $750,000.
  • Randy Dale Hollis Sr., 53, of Harpersville, was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance 1st. His bond totals $750,000.
  • Randy Dale Hollis Jr., 24, of Harpersville, was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance 1st. His bond totals $750,000.
Captain Turner states, "Shelby County is very fortunate to have alert citizens who call in to report suspicious criminal activity and people who do not want this type of activity taking place. These type labs can be found at any time and at any location. The Drug Task Force is the only law enforcement agency in the county who has trained professionals that can handle these type calls. I encourage everyone to report suspicious activity to law enforcement so that it can be investigated."

For more information regarding the charges, please click here and go to Title 13 - Criminal Offenses and Chapter 12 - Offenses Against Public Health and Morals: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department, and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205) 670-0436 or by visiting http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on "Tips" and submit their complaint. All information is anonymous. For more information on the suspects, including their picture, go to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office's website, www.shelbyso.com, and click on the inmate locator link. Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Captain Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force at (205) 670-0436.
Drug Task Force and Sheriff's Office Investigators Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Recent Trailer Thefts
2015-04-20
Over the last several weeks, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and surrounding municipalities received numerous reports of utility trailers being stolen throughout the county, particularly around the Highway 280 corridor. On Friday, 04/17/2015, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested three suspects in connection to the recent utility trailer thefts. Sheriff's Office investigators continue to investigate additional leads, and have notified several surrounding agencies that have had utility trailers stolen. It is estimated that these three suspects have stolen over 30 trailers in the past three weeks.

Any agency that has reports of utility trailers stolen is encouraged to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 205-669-4181.

Staci Elaine Brownlee, 34, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, was charged with Receiving Stolen Property 2nd. She is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $10,000 bond.

Matthew Ray Harrell, 31, of Statesboro, Georgia, was charged with six counts of Theft of Property 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $60,000 bond.

John Allen Barnett, 35, of McCalla, Alabama, was charged with six counts of Theft of Property 2nd and Possession of Burglar's Tools. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $70,000 bond.

For more information regarding the charges of Receiving Stolen Property, Theft of Property, and Possession of Burglar's Tools, please click the following link and go to Title 13 - Criminal Offenses, Chapter 7 - Offenses Involving Damage to and Intrusion upon Property, as well as Title 13 - Criminal Offenses, Chapter 8 - Offenses Involving Theft.
http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm

To view a Shelby County jail inmate's picture, their charges and bonds, go to www.shelbyso.com and click on the "Inmate Listing" link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmates last name and click on the "Search" button or, if you are unsure of the exact spelling, select the first letter of the last name to search for the inmate. An inmate's information will not be available until he has been booked into the facility.

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone at (205)670-0436 or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on "Tips" and submit their complaints. All information is anonymous.

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Captain Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.
Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Arrests 14 in Warrant Roundup
2015-03-12
The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) arrested 14 people during a warrant roundup on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The SCDETF conducted a long term investigation targeting drug dealers in the Alabaster and Montevallo areas.

The following suspects were arrested during the warrant roundup:
  • Nicholas Caffey, 33, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond.
  • Michael Anthony Campbell, 56, of Montevallo, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond.
  • Tierra Tavarish Cathey, 32, of Montevallo, was charged with Drug Trafficking, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Receiving Stolen Property 3rd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $113,000 bond.
  • Desmond Edward Cottingham, 35, of Montevallo, was charged with four counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $40,000 bond.
  • Paige Alexis Dillenbeck, 20, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. She is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond.
  • Antwon Chevez Fitts, 35, of Wilton, was charged with two counts Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Distribution of Imitation Drugs. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $25,000 bond.
  • Joshua Frantez Lee, 21, of Alabaster, was charged with two counts Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
  • Karma Labue Mesamore, 28, of Calera, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $2,000 bond.
  • Joshua Steven McKay, 19, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $32,000 bond.
  • Hakeem Rafi Mitchell, 23, of Alabaster, was charged with two counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
  • Wayne Stanley Moore III, 21, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond.
  • Leonard Jerome Rutledge, 34, of Montevallo, was charged with four counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $40,000 bond.
  • Alfred Oneal Sampson, 28, of Alabaster, was charged with four counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $40,000 bond.
  • Benjamin Peter Strickland, 20, of Montevallo, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $47,000 bond.
Additional charges and additional suspects are pending arrest warrants.

Capt. Kevin Turner, Task Force Commander, stated, "This is a huge impact for these communities and is an indicator that law enforcement is aware of the criminal activities taking place. We are taking the appropriate steps to address those issues. I hope this serves as a deterrent to drug dealers and other criminals who engage in this type of behavior."

For more information regarding the charges, please click here and go to Title 13 - Criminal Offenses and Chapter 12 - Offenses Against Public Health and Morals: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

To view a Shelby County jail inmate's picture, their charges and bonds, go to www.shelbyso.com and click on the "Inmate Listing" link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmates last name and click on the "Search" button or, if you are unsure of the exact spelling, select the first letter of the last name to search for the inmate. An inmate's information will not be available until he / she has been booked into the facility.

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone at (205)670-0436 or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on "Tips" and submit their complaints. All information is anonymous.

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Captain Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.
Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Introduces Free Drug Collection Units throughout Shelby County
2014-10-14
The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) is proud to offer a new service to the citizens of Shelby County - anonymous prescription drug collection units. Shelby County citizens can utilize these units to safely and anonymously dispose of unwanted prescription medication.

The units can be found at the following locations:
  • Chelsea Fire and Rescue Station 1 (160 Chesser Drive, Chelsea, AL)
  • North Shelby Fire District Station 1 (4617 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL)
  • Pelham Police Department (32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham, AL)
  • Shelby County Sheriff's Office (380 McDow Road, Columbiana, AL).
The drug collection units were awarded to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force by CVS/pharmacy and the Partnership™ for Drug-Free Kids as part of CVS/pharmacy's Drug Disposal for Safer Communities Program.

Lt. Kevin Turner, Task Force Commander, stated, "This is another initiative to reduce the amount of prescription drugs throughout the County. I am thankful the Drug Task Force received the CVS/pharmacy grant, which has afforded us the opportunity to place four collection units in various parts of the County in order to better serve our citizens. All you have to do is stop by the closest drop off location, look for the red collection unit, and place the mediations inside. This is a secure way to dispose of your medications, and there is no need in removing the labels from the prescription bottles. The surrendered medications will be picked up and destroyed by the Drug Task Force."

The Helena Police Department also has a drug collection unit from CVS/pharmacy, which can be found in their lobby.

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone at (205)670-0436 or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on "Tips" and submit their complaints. All information is anonymous.

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.
National Prescription Take-Back Initiative Results
2014-09-30
On September 27, 2014, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) participated in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Take Back Initiative. The purpose of this program is to give citizens the opportunity to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications to law enforcement. The event was held at the CVS Pharmacy in Alabaster, the CVS Pharmacy in Helena, the Pelham Police Department, the University of Montevallo on Main, and the Winn Dixie in Inverness. SCDETF investigators, DEA investigators and University of Montevallo police officers, as well as volunteers from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, collected 243.2 pounds of unused medication from Shelby County residents within four hours.
National Prescription Take-Back Day
2014-09-04
The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are sponsoring National Prescription Take Back Day to allow citizens the opportunity to properly dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription or over-the counter medications. The drop-off is free and anonymous - no questions asked.

Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday, September 27th, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, to one of these six locations:
  • CVS at 520 Highway 119, Alabaster
  • CVS at 4685 Highway 17, Helena
  • Pelham Police Department at 32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham
  • University of Montevallo on Main at 737 Main Street, Montevallo
  • Winn Dixie at 500 Inverness Corners, Hoover
Medication take-back events address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that stay in home cabinets are easily stolen and abused. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

According to the DEA, on April 26, 2014, citizens turned in 780,168 pounds (390 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 6,072 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Shelby County residents turned in approximately 166 pounds of unwanted medications at six locations on April 26, 2014.

Lt. Turner of the SCDETF stated, "Prescription medication is the number one drug of choice in Alabama, and these Take Back events affords our citizens the opportunity to safely and securely dispose of unwanted medications that might end up in the hands of our children, spouse, family members, and others."

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205-670-0436) or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on "Tips" and submit their complaints. All information is anonymous.

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.
ABC 33/40's Donna Francavilla reported on drug use and its effects in Shelby County last night.
2014-05-23