Decatur Police Round Up 12 Suspected Drug Dealers

Posted on: 3:31 pm, December 11, 2013, by

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – In the early morning hours of Dec. 10, members of the Decatur Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, Anti-Crime Unit and Canine Unit began an operation to arrest twelve individuals who had sold various types of narcotics over the past few months during undercover operations.

The following people were arrested during the round-up:

-Gabrielle Byrd sold prescription narcotics on multiple occasions and when arrested at her home on Tammy St. and was in possession of a quantity of marijuana as well, according to police.

Top row L to R: Linton Brook Spell, Larry Wade White, Lamar Coffey. Bottom row L to R: Denise Lashell Stripe, Roderick Goode, Gabrielle Byrd.

Top row L to R: Linton Brook Spell, Larry Wade White, Lamar Coffey.
Bottom row L to R: Denise Lashell Stripe, Roderick Goode, Gabrielle Byrd.

-Lamar Coffey sold marijuana on multiple occasions, according to police. He was arrested at his residence on 8th Ave. NW.

-Courtney Cowley sold crack cocaine, according to police. Cowley was arrested during a traffic stop on 11th Ave. NW. Cowley attempted to flee in the vehicle he was driving. After that unsuccessful attempt to elude officers, he attempted to flee on foot. Cowley was quickly captured and at that point resisted arrest.

Officers involved in the apprehension of Cowley were able to subdue him without serious injury to him or the officers involved. In addition to the charge of distribution of a controlled substance, Cowley was charged with resisting arrest, attempting to flee or elude, and driving while revoked.

-Preston Elliott Jr. sold marijuana on multiple occasions and when arrested at his residence, 724 Lafayette St. NW, Elliott was in possession of a quantity of marijuana, according to police.

-Roderick Goode had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested on that warrant at a residence on 7th Ave. SW, according to police.

-Cameron Earnest McGee sold methamphetamine during the undercover operation, according to police. Investigators learned that he had been arrested on other charges and was incarcerated in the Morgan County Jail. The distribution warrant was served there.

Top row, L to R: James Howard Reeves, Cameron Earnest McGee, Courtney Cowley. Bottom row, L to R: Javonne Darnell Sears, Justin Shane Talavera, Preston Elliott Jr.

Top row, L to R: James Howard Reeves, Cameron Earnest McGee, Courtney Cowley.
Bottom row, L to R: Javonne Darnell Sears, Justin Shane Talavera, Preston Elliott Jr.

-James Howard Reeves sold methamphetamine, according to police. He also had been arrested on other charges and was located at the Morgan County Jail. The distribution warrant that investigators had was served at the Morgan County Jail.

-Javonne Darnell Sears sold marijuana on multiple occasions, according to police. When arrested at Lakeview Apartments he was in possession of marijuana at the time of his arrest, according to police.

-Linton Brook Spell sold marijuana during the undercover operation, according to police. He was arrested at a residence on the corner of 4th Ave. and 4th St. SE.

-Denise Lashell Stripe sold various types of narcotics on several occasions during the undercover operation to include cocaine, marijuana, and Hydrocodone, according to police. She was arrested at her residence on 7th Ave. NW.

-Justin Shane Talavera sold marijuana on multiple occasions, according to police. He was located and arrested at his place of employment.

-Larry Wade White sold marijuana on multiple occasion, according to polices. He was arrested at his home on 3rd St. NW. Due to the condition of the home; representatives of Community Development were called to the home to inspect it for possible code violations. At the conclusion of the inspection, the home was condemned.

Twelve individuals were arrested on 22 felony charges and six misdemeanor charges. Some of the individuals are currently out on bond for other offenses or are currently on probation after being convicted of other crimes. Investigators are working to have bonds revoked where it is applicable or have probation revocation warrants issued to keep these individuals in jail.

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