Boy, 14, arrested trying to sell drugs

Published 2:24 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly trying to sell drugs in Clanton City Park.

The juvenile was arrested around 9 p.m. at the park and charged with attempting to commit a controlled substance crime, according to Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell. The suspect was taken to the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center.

Stilwell said Clanton Police received a complaint from a dad whose child told him another kid in the park was trying to sell drugs.

Clanton officers made contact with the juvenile and found two clear baggies the juvenile was trying to pass off as crack cocaine, Stilwell said.

The drugs actually turned out to be crushed pills, which have been sent off for testing to determine exactly what they are.

Police don’t have any reason to believe the juvenile was successful in selling any drugs, according to authorities.

“I am thankful for the parents getting involved and notifying the police, and I am extremely proud of the kids who told their parents something was going on,” said Stilwell.

Community involvement is key to battling drugs and other crime, said Stilwell, who had a meeting Tuesday with concerned residents in the West End community (where several drug arrests happened Sunday).

A major part of that discussion was how to get the community more involved.

“We need the community’s help. We are accomplishing a lot, but could do a lot more with the community’s help,” Stilwell said.

Extra officers have been out in City Park and West End and will continue to work there.

“We have beautiful, safe parks in Clanton, and I will continue to do whatever it takes to keep them that way,” said Stilwell.

The Clanton Police Department received dozens of calls Wednesday about the incident at City Park, Stilwell said.