Police allege man arrested for drugs was also selling stolen property

Published 8:39 am Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Jemison man was arrested Thursday after telling an off-duty police officer he would be willing to trade goods for drugs.

Daniel Clay Ellison, 29, was charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs, felony distribution, misdemeanor possession of marijuana second-degree and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a Clanton Police Department press release.

Ellison was arrested at Key West Inn in Clanton.

On Wednesday, a CPD officer contacted Ellison on a yard sale Facebook page about a drill Ellison had for sale.

During the transaction, Ellison allegedly told the officer he had more items to sell and he would be willing to trade for drugs.

The officer contacted his supervisors, and an undercover operation began.

An additional meeting was set up to purchase the other items that Ellison said were “hot,” or stolen, and to purchase narcotics.

Once the transaction was completed, detectives took Ellison into custody.

Numerous other items were recovered that could be stolen, according to the release.

“Mr. Ellison has yet to be charged with anything related to the property we believe is stolen because we have not found the victims as of this release,” CPD Chief Brian Stilwell said in the release.

Ellison was placed in the Chilton County Jail, and no bond had been set as of Friday afternoon.