Three-month investigation nets nine distribution arrests

Published 9:12 am Saturday, January 30, 2010

By Justin Averette

Nine people face drug distribution charges after a three-month investigation by Jemison Police.

The arrests follow an undercover sting that targeted drug dealers who were selling crack cocaine and other illegal narcotics on Jemison streets. The operation began in November.

Those arrested were:

•Bobby J. Davis, 41, of Thorsby.

•Sophia Lara Davis, 23, of Thorsby.

•Katorri Rashaurd Martin, 22, of Thorsby.

•Reginald Antonio Frazier, 26, of Thorsby.

•Cornelius Wade, 22, of Thorsby.

•David Dewayne Hayes, 32, of Thorsby.

•Roscoe Simon Boykin, Jr., 52, of Jemison.

•Jim Taylor Jr., 51, of Jemison.

•Arliss Oneal Hudson, 23, of Jemison.

As of Friday evening, investigators are still looking for Beatrice M. Baker, 23, of Clanton; Tiffany Rockell Kine, 29, of Clanton; and David L. Jenkins, 61, of Jemison. All are wanted on outstanding warrants connected to the sting.

In total, the investigation netted 34 unlawful distribution of a controlled substance charges involving these 12 individuals. The crime is a Class B felony.

“We are doing everything we can to keep these dangerous drugs off our streets and away from our citizens, especially the kids,” said Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer. “We will continue making these types of cases and arresting those individuals who chose to be involved in this dangerous criminal activity.”

Fulmer noted that a majority of those arrested weren’t from Jemison and said the city won’t tolerate people bringing drugs into the city.

“I would say to those who distribute drugs on our streets and to the ones that may decide to in the future, if you didn’t get caught and arrested as a result of this operation, at some time in the future you will,” Fulmer said.

Lt. Marc McMinn and Sgt. Jeff Manasco led the investigation for Jemison Police.

Fulmer also thanked Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell who provided extra officers to help with the cases.