LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Three people are facing charges after Limestone County said they found cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and more at two homes in the county early Thursday morning.
Grady Paul Gaston III, 60; Sarah Stewart, 24; and Bradley Barnett, 39, are all facing charges after the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office investigated a drug complaint.
“A lot of suspicious vehicles coming in and out of his residence there on Squire Run,” said Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Stephen Young.
Investigators said they searched Gaston’s home in the 6000 block of Squire Run in Athens and found cocaine, ecstasy, meth, opioids, steroids and drug paraphernalia.
“It wasn’t so much a volume of drugs as it was the array,” Young said. “So just about every type of drug you could get, he had a little bit of it there.”
In addition to the drugs, investigators also seized a U.S. government-issued laptop from Gaston’s possession.
After arresting Gaston at the home, authorities said they learned he owned another home on Highway 99 in Lester that he was letting Stewart stay in. They went to the home and said they found meth, prescription drugs, syringes and other paraphernalia. Stewart and Barnett were arrested there.
Gaston is the CEO/President of Gradkell Systems, a position he’s held for 30 years.
It’s not very common that you’d find [a case] of this stature, but it happens,” Young said.
According to the company’s website, Gradkell Systems is a key player in protecting our nation’s security. It does work both in the government’s large-scale finance and accounting systems and provides the digital signature component used on Department of Defense common access cards (CAC).
Those cards allow active duty uniformed service personnel, DOD civilian employees, and other government employees to get access to controlled spaces. The cards also provide access to DOD computer networks and systems.
When we contacted Gradkell Systems, a company representative said that gaston’s arrest is “the result of property he inherited being raided.”
Gaston was charged with four counts of drug possession and one count of drug paraphernalia possession. He was released from the Limestone County Jail on $11,000 bond.
Stewart was charged with two counts of drug possession and one count of drug paraphernalia possession. She was released from jail on $6,000 bond.
Barnett was charged with one count of drug possession and released from jail on $2,500 bond.