Man arrested with coke on mouth

Published 12:19 am Thursday, April 28, 2011

An Drug Task Force investigation led to four arrests Tuesday, including one man allegedly caught with his mouth covered in cocaine.

DTF Commander Mark Odom said it was a “very busy afternoon” for agents Greg Jackson and Roger Cender when they made the arrests in a three-hour span.

“The afternoon started when they stopped a vehicle in a local restaurant parking lot after receiving information the occupants had been purchasing pre-cursor chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine,” he said.

Odom said a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of several boxes of pseudoephedrine and finished product methamphetamine and the arrest of Kevin Mc-David Andress, 29 of Anda-lusia, and Randi Monique Jay, 20 of Gerogiana.

Andress was charged with second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $270,000 bond. Jay was charged with second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, and her bond was set at $200,000.

“Shortly after booking Andress and Jay into the county jail, the DTF agents, assisted by Alabama Probation and Parole Officers, went to a Railroad Avenue address in Andalusia to investigate reports of drug activity,” Odom said. “When they stopped in front of a Railroad Avenue home, a person unrelated to the investigation fled from the front porch of a nearby home.

“Not knowing exactly why the person fled, we gave chase,” he said. “About a block away, Probation and Parole Officer Jeff Jeter and myself were able to take Tyshawn Maurice McCaster into custody.”

Odom said after McCaster, 20, of Dozier, was detained, “it was obvious to the officers why he ran.”

“He had a white powder substance covering the outside of his mouth,” Odom said, which enabled officers to retrieve an amount of cocaine from off McCaster’s person.

He was charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing a governmental operation. His total bond was set at $16,000.

Odom said after that arrest was completed, DTF agents were able to continue their initial investigation and make the last arrest of the night – Daniel Ray Armstrong.

“Due to information Agent Jackson had learned while searching the vehicle driven by Andress and Jay, he, along with Probation and Parole Officer Jamey Wismer, went to another Andalusia address and made contact with Armstrong, who after interviewing was later arrested for second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and violation of probation,” he said.

Armstrong, 33, of Andalusia, is currently being held without bond in the county jail.