FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Several people are in jail after a variety of drug busts in DeKalb County. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says one woman even snuck drugs into jail, passing them out to four other female inmates.
Amy Gaul is accused of sneaking drugs in to the DeKalb County Detention Center. Officers didn’t find them during the initial search, Sheriff Harris said, because Gaul hid them in her private parts.
“I am troubled that drugs got into our facility but there are just some places you can’t search without medical personnel,” Harris said.
The incident happened July 11. Gaul, 37, of Sylvania, is charged with promoting prison contraband, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Tonya Brewster, 37, of Leesburg, Sonya Wade, 37, of Bryant, Cindy Bates, 53, of Collinsville, and Tina Hodge, 45, of Fort Payne also face the same charges.
Series of recent drug arrests
Sheriff Harris says there were a number of drug arrests at different locations in recent weeks.
On July 7, drug task force agents searched a home in Fort Payne, arresting Bobby Ray Jackson, 42, and Tina Hodge, 45. They are charged with trafficking methamphetamine.
At a second home in Fort Payne, agents arrested five people on drug charges: Joshua Smith, 37, Penny Glasscox, 42, Nick Johnson, 24, Judy Doss, 51 and Jessica Marie Hearn, 23. Meth was found at the home, Sheriff Harris said.
On July 10, drug agents arrested Roy Blalock, 70, of Henagar after finding more than 100 marijuana plants in his care. Jeff Spurgin was also arrested, after agents found 30 marijuana plants at his home.
On July 14, deputies arrested three people after Sheriff Harris said each was found with drugs during traffic stops. They are Thomas Harris, 19, Dakota Gore, 18, and John Adams, 40.
On July 2, Crossville Police also arrested a person on drug charges following a traffic stop. Sheriff Harris says Arthur A. Davis, 47, had a pound of cocaine in his possession.
“These cases are the result of officers using good judgment and their training to get drugs off the street,” Sheriff Harris said. “These cases involve everything from marijuana to meth to cocaine. I am especially glad to have these trafficking and distribution cases made because that has been our goal for some time.”