Over the last week, the DeKalb County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office and the Drug and Major Crimes Unit made several drug arrests and discovered a whiskey still while serving a routine warrant.
On Jan. 14, deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 754 and County Road 134 in Henagar that led to the arrest of Scotty Brian Peek. Peek, 38, of Henagar, had outstanding warrants with the Ider and Fort Payne police departments. When his vehicle was searched, deputies found tinfoil that contained meth and an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle, which led to charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of prohibited beverage.
On Jan. 16, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on a traffic violation, leading to a short but high-speed chase that came to an end at a residence on Fourth Street in Sylvania. As a result, Joshua Tirrell Evans (left), 28, of Moody and Justin Quantious McCullough (right), 27, of Sylvania were both arrested. During a search of their vehicle, deputies and drug agents found marijuana. Evans was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana 2nd and McCullough, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with attempt to elude, unlawful possession of marijuana 2nd, unlawful possession of controlled substance, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Jan. 17, deputies were called to a residence on County Road 88 in Fort Payne for a domestic dispute. While deputies were inside the residence, they found a small bag of meth in plain sight along with a black glass pipe with remnants and the odor of marijuana. As a result, Jimmy Dale Skyles, 28, of Fort Payne was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of controlled substance.
On Jan. 18, deputies went to a residence on County Road 253 in Crossville to serve two warrants on Nicholas Bryan Swain (left), 36, of Crossville. When the deputies made contact with Swain, they observed marijuana pipes, a silver whiskey still and multiple five-gallon buckets and two other containers that contained mash—the fermenting mass used in distilling whiskey—in plain view. At this time, the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes unit was contacted. Swain (left) was arrested for his warrants with additional charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of prohibited beverage.
On Jan. 19, deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 479 and County Road 26 in Crossville that led to the arrest of Larry Ray Walker Jr., 39, of Crossville. Walker gave false identification information to deputies, but once identification was confirmed it emerged that Walker had a warrant out for his arrest with the Geraldine Police Department. A search of Walker’s vehicle was conducted and used syringes were found. Walker was arrested and charged, along with the warrant, with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and giving false identification to law enforcement officers.