Weekend searches nets five drug-related arrests
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Over the weekend, the Butler County Sheriff's Office served several search warrants and arrested five people on drug related charges in what Sheriff Kenny Harden is calling a “war of drugs.”
“As I said from the start, we are launching a war on drugs,” Harden said. “We are working everyday on the drug problem we have in Butler County.”
“It is a constant war we are going to continue to work on,” he added.
Those Butler County residents who were arrested and charged include:
n Jonnie Lee Griffin, 52, on distribution of a controlled substance charge.
n Christopher Brian Allison, 21, on second-degree possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges.
n Rodney Daynelle Hall, 21, on possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
n Monique Moody Maples, 47, on second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (crystal methamphetamine)nd possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
n Albert Perry Dubree, 55, on second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (crystal methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
Harden said the Butler County Sheriff's Office is working closely with the Greenville, Georgiana and McKenzie Police Departments to eradicate the drug problem in the county and he said a drug task force might be the only solution.
“It would be a great asset to Butler County,” Harden said of a drug task force. “It's another way of letting drug dealers in Butler County know we want them to find another home.”
Harden asked that anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Butler County should call the Butler County Sheriff's Office at 382-6521. All calls are anonymous.
Bible Way Church burglarized
The Bible Way Church was burglarized Friday when a person(s) destroyed four central air conditioning units, taking the copper wiring from inside of the units.
Harden said the perpetrator(s) cause $30,000 in damage in exchange for a couple hundred dollars worth of copper.
A home on Simpson Road was also burglarized over the weekend and an air conditioning unit was stolen.
Anyone with information about these crimes or anyone who saw vehicles in the area are encouraged to call the Butler County Sheriff's Office at 382-6521.
Sheriff warns four-wheeler owners
People riding four-wheelers on the roads have become a problem as of late, according to Harden, and the problem will no longer be tolerated.
Harden said the Sheriff's Office has received many calls over the past few weeks about four-wheelers on the road and such practices are both dangerous and illegal.
“It is against the law to drive or operate a four-wheeler on the road or right a way,” Harden said. “If you are going mud riding, load (the four-wheeler) on a truck and to the destination before unloading it.”
Harden said anyone caught riding a four-wheeler on a main road will be ticketed for reckless driving and risk having their four-wheeler towed.
“(Four-wheelers) are just not safe for the road,” Harden said.