Two drug arrests follow domestic dispute

Published 8:54 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three people were arrested Sunday afternoon, two on drug charges, following a domestic dispute in Clanton.

Police officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 1,000th block of Fourth Avenue South on Sunday around 3:30 p.m.

Drugs, drug paraphernalia and an allegedly stolen handgun were recovered following a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon in Clanton. Three arrests, two on drugs charges, followed the incident.

A woman told police that her ex-boyfriend allegedly hit her in the face numerous times, causing visible injury, according to Capt. David Clackley.

Officer Jason Harris followed Darrin L. Worthey into a residence on Fourth Avenue South to arrest him on the domestic violence complaint. While in the front room of the home, Harris noticed what appeared to be marijuana in plain sight, Clackley said.

“The patrol officers did exactly what they were supposed to do and detained the subjects in the house, secured it, called Clanton Police detectives and got a search warrant,” said Police Chief Brian Stilwell. “The initial responding officers said the smell of marijuana was strong.”

After executing the search warrant, 2 pounds of what appeared to be marijuana in packaging commonly used for sale, around 2 ounces of crack cocaine in packaging commonly used for sale, numerous drug paraphernalia (including packaging supplies, scales and records) and a stolen .22 caliber pistol were all recovered.

The following three individuals were arrested on the charges outlined:

•Darrin Lenard Worthey, 22, of Clanton for domestic violence. He was placed in the Chilton County Jail on $500 bond.

•Kenyan Daeshean Floyd, 19, of Clanton for possession of marijuana second (a misdemeanor). He was placed in the Chilton County Jail on $500 bond.

•James Marquise Worthey, 24, of Clanton for felony possession of marijuana and crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property. Bond had not been set as of Monday afternoon.

Clanton Police said they are seeing an increase in the particular kind of marijuana recovered Sunday.

“We are seeing an increase in this type of marijuana. It is very strong and grown indoors,” said Clackley. “We are receiving information that it is coming to Clanton out of California and Chicago. This is not the first time we have (seen) this type of marijuana this year.”

Clanton drug detectives have already made numerous buys of controlled substance from the house on Fourth Avenue preceding Sunday’s arrests, Stilwell said.

“The domestic violence call sped up our drug investigation,” said Stilwell. “We anticipate more charges on the undercover buys on several individuals.”