Pot peddling pair arrested
Published 12:03 am Friday, November 19, 2010
For the second time in two days, the Drug Task Force made a significant “hit” on the distribution of drugs in Covington County when an Opp couple was arrested Thursday for conducting an alleged marijuana operation.
DTF agent David Harrell said the arrests stemmed from a month-long investigation into the alleged actions of 30-year-old Travis McKenzie and 19-year-old Brittany Williams, his live-in girlfriend.
Reports indicated the two were selling marijuana from their Westwind Apartment home on Eleventh Avenue.
“We received enough information to get a search warrant (Thursday),” Harrell said. “When we arrived, we served four warrants for distribution on the two of them, and in the process found marijuana that was packaged for sale, along with some scales. There was also evidence where they had been smoking marijuana inside the residence where Williams’ small infant child was also living.”
Harrell said each is charged with one count of chemical endangerment of a child, one count of first-degree marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of distribution of a controlled substance. The two were taken into custody and booked into the Covington County Jail under a $720,000 bond.
Harrell said Williams faces the same charges as McKenzie because “she was there and took an active part in the distribution. She took the money and had knowledge of the drug transactions. That makes her just as responsible.”
The couple’s arrest follows a similar incident Wednesday, when agents arrested Eddie Fields at his Wilkerson Lane home after they found large amounts of marijuana, crack and powdered cocaine there.
Harrell said agents were pleased with the recent arrests.
“We’ve made some pretty big hits recently,” he said. “Drug use and drug sales are getting more prevalent. People’s greed tends to exceed their common sense. They lose their moral compass, and it breaks at some point and they think that selling drugs is easy way out of financial problems. They don’t seem to grasp the concept of the consequences of their actions when caught.”