Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said around 1 p.m., housing officers went to the 300 block of Elm Street to serve an arrest warrant on Shandrika Doston for failure to appear. According to Sparks, when officers got to the Constantine Homes apartment, there was a strong odor of marijuana.
Sparks said officers were given permission by a tenant to search the apartment. During their search they discovered large amounts of marijuana, with some packaged for distribution, the sergeant said.
Sparks did not know if any money was found with the marijuana and said he did not know how much the marijuana weighs. He suspects the larger bags could be anywhere from half to a third of a pound.
When asked if any of the suspects could be linked to trafficking, Sparks said it’s too early in the investigation to know for sure.
“The assumption would be that it’s supplying some area,” he said. “Just because they hold it in Constantine Homes doesn’t mean that’s where it’s going. They could be selling it somewhere else.”
State law says anyone found guilty of trafficking marijuana in excess of 2.2 pounds will face a mandatory minimum of three years and pay a fine of $25,000.
But because Anniston police do not have scales large enough to weigh the marijuana, it has been turned over to the Department of Forensic Sciences.
The department could take 12 to 18 months to weigh the marijuana, according to Sparks.
Quintarious Terrel Patton, 23; Corey Jamal Fuller, 23; Shandrika Lashun Dotson, 26; Victor Burns, 23; Jaquan Terrell Kimble, 19; Javille Kevon Reid, 22; Christopher Marshad Walker, 23, and Teretha Mynjuan Williams, 43, were all charged with felony possession of marijuana, according to police reports.
Fuller faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance because officers found synthetic marijuana, also known as spice, on him.
All eight suspects were in the Anniston City Jail Friday morning, according to a jail worker. No bonds or court dates have been set.
Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.