Authorities arrest five on drug charges in Jemison

Published 4:52 pm Monday, June 16, 2014

After officers from the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department obtained a search warrant for a home in Jemison on June 10, five individuals were arrested on drug charges.

“It all results around a death that occurred in Shelby County,” Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Mayfield said. “We received information that the individual who died in Shelby County died of a suspected drug overdose, and the information we received was that the individual who died got the drugs at a home in Jemison.”

Authorities learned that Brian Michael Hudson, 29, owned the home in the 2000 block of County Road 195 in Jemison and obtained a warrant for Hudson’s arrest due to multiple outstanding warrants in Thorsby.

“Once agents from the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division went to the home to execute those outstanding warrants, they wound up finding Hudson under the bed,” Mayfield said. “When they pulled him out from under the bed, they found a handgun and they also found drugs in plain view.”

Authorities recovered roughly 14 bags of synthetic marijuana, or “spice,” methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

Hudson, Brittany Dion Clements (20) of Montevallo, Christopher Charles Jones (44) of Clanton and Melissa Ann Watts (26) of Calera, face charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dusty Lee Partridge (22) of Shelby, was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hudson, Clements and Jones remain in the Chilton County Jail, and Watts and Partridge have been released from jail on bond.

Hudson, Clements and Jones have preliminary hearings scheduled for July 17 at 9 a.m. in front of Chilton County District Judge Rhonda Hardesty.

Watts has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 24 at 9 a.m., and Partridge has a bench trial scheduled for July 10 at 9 a.m., according to court documents.