4 facing felony drug charges in Talladega County

Four individuals were arrested on felony drug charges in Talladega County over the last 10 days. Shown, from left, are Timothy Ray Rudd, Johnny Ray Machen, Justin Cole Holmes and Candy Renee Morgan.

TALLADEGA -- The Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force made four felony drug arrests during the past 10 days.

Timothy Ray Rudd, 31, of Sylacauga, was taken into custody July 3 in Sylacauga when officers went to arrest him at a residence on Fairmont Road for an alleged  probation violation.

According to Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray, Rudd was found sitting in a car outside the residence, allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, Alprazolam, Suboxone and a glass pipe. He was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as the alleged probation violation.

Murray said Rudd’s bond on the drug charges was set at $10,000 by District Court Judge Jeb Fannin. Rudd remained in the county jail as of Friday afternoon. Murray said Rudd has been arrested on drug charges before, but Murray was not certain if that was what Rudd was on probation for.

Johnny Ray Machen, 51, of Talladega, was arrested July 4 when Talladega police responded to a suspicious vehicle call at the AOC service station on Cherry Street. Murray said Machen had been sitting in his vehicle at the gas station for several hours when someone called the police.

Machen allegedly had methamphetamine in the car with him and was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $5,000 by Fannin, and Machen remained behind bars Friday.

Justin Cole Holmes, 19, of Sylacauga, was pulled over by Talladega County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday on Old Sylacauga Highway near St. John’s Lane, Murray said. Holmes allegedly had marijuana for other than personal use, a set of digital scales and a pistol that he did not have a permit for.

Fannin set a total bond of $5,000 on the charges possession of marijuana in the first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was still in jail Friday afternoon.

Candy Renee Morgan, 49, was pulled over by Sylacauga police Thursday at East Third and North Main streets, Murray said.

She allegedly had “spice” and rolling papers in the car with her and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5,000 by Fannin, and Morgan was still behind bars Friday.

Alprazolam is a generic equivalent to Xanax. Spice is a synthetic analog to marijuana.

Possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in the first degree are class D felonies in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to five years in prison.

Possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a pistol without a permit are misdemeanors.