TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Six people have been arrested on felony drug charges in Talladega County in the last several days, and one other person was transferred back to the Talladega County Jail to await trial on trafficking charges.
According to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray, Misty Gale Whitten, 36, of Talladega, had been out on parole in May 2015 when she was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and being a certain person forbidden to carry a firearm.
Her probation was revoked in November or December of last year, and she was sent back to prison to finish out her previous sentence. She was returned to the Talladega County Metro Jail on Tuesday after completing that sentence. She is being held without bond on the newer charges.
Walter Shealey Jr., 36, was arrested Friday on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and carrying a pistol without a permit following a traffic stop by Talladega police.
According to police Capt. Leon Thomas, officers smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana from inside the car. Shealey told officers he had a gun in his pocket and that his passenger was armed as well. Shealey also had a bottle containing what appeared to be crack cocaine, and a razor blade and two pills that appeared to be MDMA, or ecstasy.
Both men were charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, but only Shealey is facing drug charges. Murray said his bond is set at $10,000.
Darren Bush, 41, was arrested at Plantation Mobile Home Park near the Honda Plant in Lincoln on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Murray said the task force was on hand to assist the Talladega County Department of Human Resources conducting a welfare check on a child in the area.
Murray said the child was not related to Bush, who lives in Pell City.
Bush was being held on a $5,000 bond, Murray said, but he may be out on probation and facing revocation.
William David Hyatt, 38, encountered Sylacauga police investigating stolen property near Hyatt’s home on Hoges Loop, Murray said. Several suspicious looking items were spotted, and police found methamphetamine inside the residence. Hyatt was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and bond was set at $5,000.
David Eric Trammell, 34, of Talladega, was arrested for possession of kratom, an herbal drug with effects similar to heroin. Murray said Trammell had been staying in a camper that did not belong to him, and that the owners had called police when he wouldn’t leave.
Chancey Berry Temple, 30, of Talladega, and Billy Jack Horton, 33, of Childersburg, were also both arrested following a routine traffic stop. Horton was arrested on two outstanding warrants for domestic violence assault in the third degree. Police allege Horton had Xanax and marijuana in his possession at the time of his arrest, leading to more charges, Murray said.
Officers then went to Temple’s home and conducted a “knock and talk” investigation, which eventually turned up eight grams of methamphetamine; bath salts, a potent synthetic stimulant; and spice, a type of synthetic marijuana.
Temple was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of spice and possession of bath salts. His total bond was set at $100,000.
Horton was charged with possession of Xanax, misdemeanor marijuana possession and the two domestic violence counts. His total bond was set at $52,000.
Trafficking in any controlled substance is a class A felony, punishable upon conviction by 10 to 99 years or life in prison. Possession with intent to distribute is a class B felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Possession of a controlled substance is a class C felony, punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
Possession of marijuana in the second degree and carrying a pistol without a permit are misdemeanors.