8 facing felony drug charges

Eight individuals were recently arrested on felony drugs charges in Talladega County. The group includes (top row, from left) Steven Harley Stover, Kevin Ray Gooden, Jonathan Paul Ponder, Lacey Carol Daniel, (bottom row, from left) Danny Damond Millender, John Corey Powell, Tracey Epps Butler and Tosha Jean Allen.

TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has arrested eight people on felony drug charges, according to Cmdr. Jason Murray.

Steven Harley Stover, 27, of Sylacauga, and Kevin Ray Gooden, 40, of Goodwater, were arrested on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine Monday night after being pulled over by a Talladega County sheriff’s deputy, Murray said. Gooden was driving.

The deputy, Murray said, recognized the vehicle after having seen it about three weeks earlier and noticed that it still had a dealer tag; he also knew Gooden and knew that he had a suspended driver’s license.

Murray said a search of the vehicle turned up more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, pipes and assorted other drug paraphernalia. Both men were charged with trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Talladega County Metro Jail Records, Gooden was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana in the second degree, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and animal cruelty.

Bond for both men was set at $150,000 by District Judge Jeb Fannin.

Jonathan Paul Ponder, 37, of Oxford, was pulled over by Munford police Thursday night for alleged traffic violations, Murray said. He was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to jail records, bond in this case was set at $2,500.

Lacey Carol Daniel, 36, of Talladega, was arrested by Talladega police on a charge of shoplifting Friday, Murray said, and had methamphetamine and Xanax with her. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, and Fannin set bond at $5,000.

According to Talladega police Lt. Alan Kelly, officers pulled a vehicle over at Ward Avenue and Spruance Street early Saturday for allegedly not having a license tag. The driver did not have a license or insurance, and the passenger had warrants, Kelly said.

According to Murray, the driver, Danny Damond Millender, 29, of Talladega, had cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The passenger had a rolled up bill that appeared to have been used for inhaling, according to Kelly.

The passenger was arrested on misdemeanor warrants through the city of Talladega, Murray said, and Millender was charged with possession of a controlled substance and given a $5,000 bond by Fannin. The Daily Home does not typically identify suspects who are charged only with misdemeanors.

Sunday morning, Kelly said, an officer noticed a car that was occupying two parking spaces and was touching a retaining wall in the Jack’s parking lot on Bankhead Boulevard. Kelly said the driver was unconscious behind the wheel, and the vehicle was in reverse when the officer went to investigate.

John Corey Powell, 27, of Pell City, seemed intoxicated but told the officer he had not been drinking but had taken a Xanax. He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, Kelly said.

According to Murray, Powell also had methamphetamine and was later charged with that also. Bond on the possession case was set at $5,000.

Talladega police made yet another traffic stop, on Nimitz Avenue early Sunday, on a vehicle that was weaving and driving on the wrong side of the road. Tracy Epps Butler, 43, of Anniston, was driving, Kelly said.

Murray said Butler had a pipe, methamphetamine and a liquid, which was sent to the state forensics lab for testing. She was charged with the meth and the pipe, Murray added, and held on a $5,000 bond.

Tosha Jean Allen, 31, of Sylacauga, was pulled over by Talladega police just after midnight Monday on charges of speeding and having an expired license tag, according to Murray. She had more than 8 grams of methamphetamine and was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, Murray said. As of Tuesday afternoon, she had not had an initial court appearance and bond had not been set.

Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is a class D felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction with one year and one day to five years in prison.

Possession with intent to distribute is a class B felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison, and trafficking is a class A felony, punishable upon conviction by 10 to 99 years or life in prison.

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor.