TALLADEGA COUNTY -- During the first week of March, half a dozen people have been arrested in Talladega County on felony drug charges.
According to Talladega police Capt. John McCoy, patrol officers pulled over a vehicle late Thursday or early Friday on Hill Street for having a broken tail light. McCoy said the officers spotted used syringes inside the vehicle, and the two occupants, Bubba Tee Taylor, 25, and Brittany Lashae Edwards, 21, both of Talladega, were arrested.
Taylor had a pill in his pocket that was later identified by the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force as Nucynta, a pain killer. Edwards allegedly had Suboxone, a drug commonly used to treat withdrawal symptoms of other opioid drugs.
Taylor was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, with a bond set at $5,000 by District Judge Jeb Fannin, according to Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray.
Edwards was charged with possession of a controlled substance and failure to register a vehicle, and was also given a $5,000 bond. According to Talladega County Metro Jail records, Taylor and Edwards both posted bond over the weekend.
McCoy said Michael Brian Holmes, 36, of Lincoln, was picked up by Lincoln police Friday on a domestic violence warrant through the city of Talladega.
A Talladega officer picked up Holmes at the Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative Industrial Park from the Lincoln officer, then took Holmes to the metro jail, McCoy said. While being booked, Holmes dropped a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine onto the floor of the booking area, McCoy said.
Jail records show Holmes was charged with possession of a controlled substance and given a $5,000 bond. He posted that, plus another $1,000 on the domestic violence charge, Monday, according to jail records.
Rashod Devonte Whitson, 23, of Talladega, was driving on Jackson Street on Friday night when he allegedly failed to signal a turn, and a Talladega patrol officer attempted to pull him over.
McCoy said Whitson executed a three-point turn in order to avoid the officer. He was eventually pulled over, and the officers noted he was stuffing something into in his pants. He was also seen reaching under his seat, prompting the officers to draw their weapons as they approached.
Even when he was out of the car, he kept “snatching away” from the officers, McCoy said. It turned out Whitson allegedly had a bag of what appeared to be marijuana and a bag of what appeared to be crack cocaine stuffed into his pants. There were also hollowed out cigarillos inside the car.
Whitson was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the crack, possession of marijuana in the first degree for the marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. Murray said his total bond was set at $5,000, and jail records indicate that he posted bond Monday.
William Ezra Lee, 39, of Sylacauga, was arrested on warrants following a traffic stop in Sylacauga, Murray said. He allegedly had methamphetamine and syringes when he was arrested, and his bond was set at $15,000. He was still in jail as of Tuesday afternoon.
According to jail records, Lee was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor domestic violence and trespassing charges through the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office, hindering prosecution through the Childersburg Police Department and probation violation by the Sylacauga Police Department.
Rodney Steve Milliner, 38, was arrested Sunday following a traffic stop by Sylacauga police, Murray said. He allegedly had MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, with him at the time. He was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Jail records show Milliner was also charged with domestic violence and non-payment of child support through the Sheriff’s Office and probation violation through Sylacauga. Bond was set at $5,000 on the drug charge.
Milliner was also still in jail as of Tuesday.
Unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful 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 the other charges listed above are misdemeanors.