TALLADEGA COUNTY -- A Sylacauga man was jailed on drug trafficking charges after Talladega County Sheriff’s deputies and agents with the Drug and Violent Crime Task Force raided a residence on Trammell Mountain Road on Wednesday.
Doug S. Coady, 62, is charged with trafficking in marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, kratom. Bond will be set some time today.
According to Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray, the state Marijuana Eradication Team was flying over Clay County on Wednesday, and marijuana was spotted on Coady’s property. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office notified the Talladega County Sheriff’s office, Murray said.
Deputies found approximately 60 marijuana plants ranging in height from 4 feet to 10 feet planted around two large ponds on the property.
Task Force agents searched the residence and found 9 kilograms (19.8 pounds) of kratom, a plant product from southeast Asia with opioid and stimulant characteristics. It is illegal in the United States.
Murray said it would not be possible to determine the exact weight of the seized marijuana until the plants are dried, but he said they will easily exceed the minimum 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of marijuana needed to support a trafficking charge.
There is no such law as trafficking in kratom, in Alabama, however.
Coady was arrested on the property without incident, Murray added.
Trafficking in marijuana is a class A felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by 10 to 99 years or life in prison. Possession of a controlled substance is a class D felony, punishable by one year and one day to five years in prison.