Man jailed for selling dope near school

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Drug Task Force agents arrested a man Tuesday after he allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover officer near an Andalusia city school – twice.
Alvin Earl Patrick, 38, is now facing two counts of distribution of a controlled substance after agents documented two separate “buys” – once in January and another in February – between the two men.
“On Jan. 26, an undercover officer asked Patrick about purchasing an amount of marijuana, and Patrick then proceeded to sell (the marijuana) to the officer,” said DTF Commander Mark Odom. “Then, on Feb. 9, Patrick again sold the undercover officer marijuana.”
Odom said agents then secured a warrant for Patrick’s arrest; however, he wasn’t located until Tuesday. Both incidents occurred inside the Andalusia city limit and within three miles of a school and a public housing authority.
“We are continuously fighting against drugs in Covington County,” Odom said. “Crimes of distribution are unacceptable because they put many innocent people in close proximity to such harmful behavior.
“We are intolerant of such actions – especially when they are happening near our schools and our homes,” he said.
Patrick was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $200,000 bond; however, jail records indicate he is now being held without bond on a violation of probation charge.
Court records indicate Patrick plead guilty in 2006 to a possession charge and was sentenced to 13 1/2 years, but was given a split sentence of two years probation. He was originally charged with distribution of a controlled substance.