River Falls nets drug bust

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2003

A Covington County man was arrested by the River Falls Police Department on drug related charges


According to River Falls Police Chief Jeff Holland, at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, he went to the residence of 33-year-old Robert Anthony to interview him about his possible involvement in an incident occurring last weekend.

Property was seized during this interview and Holland said while he was at Anthony's residence at Gordon Trailer Park, he noticed plants that were growing in a garden spot.

"The plants turned out to be three marijuana plants," said Holland.

Following the discovery of the plants, Holland said he obtained a search warrant for Anthony's residence and recovered items of drug paraphernalia, including straws and smoking devices.

Anthony was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken to the Covington County Jail, where his bond amounts were set at $1,000 for the possession of marijuana charge and $500 for the paraphernalia charge.

Other law enforcement agencies assisting in the case were the Covington County 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF), the Red Level Police Department and the Covington County Sheriff's Department.

Holland said the arrest of Anthony was the second drug arrest by his department in less than a day as he noted that another significant seizure was made Wednesday night, also involving several assisting agencies.

"(The drug case conducted Wednesday night) involved Alabama State Troopers, officers with Red Level, Gantt Police Department, the DTF and the Sheriff's Department," said Holland, who said he appreciates the continued cooperation that his department continues to receive from other assisting agencies.

Despite those efforts, however, Holland said there is still much to be done in the battle against drugs in Covington County.

"There is still a long way, because there is so much out there (in terms of drugs)," said Holland. "All we can do is to work and get what we can off the street. You have to (look at whatever grants may be available to help departments such as River Falls) because it

takes a lot of money to fight drugs. It is just an ongoing battle and we still have problems here in River Falls just the same as everybody else in the county. We still have drug investigations going on here

and there is going to be more drug arrests although I don't know what that time frame is going to be."