Six drug arrests made at Clanton hotel

Published 10:25 am Monday, January 7, 2013

Clanton Police made six drug-related arrests at a local hotel on Jan. 4, according to a news release.

Three suspects were arrested in two different rooms at the Scottish Inn early in the day, and then the operation netted three more arrests as more suspects attempted to deliver narcotics to the hotel while officers were still on the scene, Capt. David Clackley said.

Those arrested ranged in age from 19 to 31, and were local residents.

CPD Narcotics Detective Corp. David Kline was the first to respond to the scene after a complaint was made.

A search of the suspects’ rooms turned up a small amount of marijuana, several hypodermic needles and multiple bags of methamphetamine.

The other arrests were made after a call was made to a phone belonging to one of the suspects that had been arrested.

“He called saying he was bringing some dope over,” Clackley said. “They were delivering methamphetamine to the room.”

Investigators also determined that the group of suspects had been involved with the cashing of stolen checks in the area. These crimes are still under investigation.

Those arrested include:

•William Avery, 31, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Ray Durham, 24, possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Leslie Lawley, 23, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Ashley McDaniel, 20, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Joseph Whitman, 24, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Wade Wimpy, 19, possession of drug paraphernalia.