New Site drug busts yield 11 arrestsPublished 11:49am Saturday, March 23, 2013
New Site Police have made multiple drug-related arrests in the past month, according to Chief John McKelvey.
The most recent incident occurred Thursday after several months of investigating led authorities to the home of Aubrey Lett, 70, of New Site.
McKelvey said after performing several controlled buys, police obtained an arrest warrant for distribution of a controlled substance and went to Lett’s residence around 3:15 p.m.
Following the search of the residence, Lett was charged with five counts of distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of untaxed liquor, possession of an altered firearm and possession of a short barrel shotgun.
This case was a joint effort of the Alabama Beverage Control Board Narcotics Unit, New Site Police, and Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task force.
McKelvey said that there have been 10 other arrests since Feb. 25, which he thinks is because of recent changes at the department.
“The big thing we have done is add another full-time officer,” McKelvey. “I would like to thank the mayor and council for giving me an extra officer – I think that has made the biggest difference.”
A majority of the other cases started as traffic stops, McKelvey said.
Epifania Fuller, 52, of Alexander City was pulled over for driving under the influence and was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jeremy Robinson, 39, of Daviston, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) also after a traffic stop.
In another incident, three individuals in the same vehicle were arrested during the same traffic stop. Justin Burns, 23, of Dadeville, was charged with possession of marijuana, second degree; Amber Corley, 23, of Kellyton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Raphael Towers, 22, of Alexander City, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Phillip Buchannon, 23, of Dadeville, was arrested on another traffic stop and charged with possession of marijuana, second degree.
The four remaining arrests happened after a confidential informant led police to J.C. Winslett, 50, of Alexander City. After several controlled deliveries, police arrested Winslett at his home and charged him with conspiracy to commit controlled substance crime, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During a search of the residence, three other individuals were charged and taken into custody. Chad Winslett, 21, Eric Winslett, 19 and Anita Adams, 48, were all charged with second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
McKelvey thanks all agencies that assisted in these cases.
“Law enforcement agencies share information in this county from one end to the other,” McKelvey said. “I can’t thank the other departments enough – it means all the difference.”