DTF sweep nets 3 dealers

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, May 30, 2012

While most spent this weekend remembering those who helped keep this nation free, Drug Task Force agents were working to keep the county safe from drug crimes, arresting four on charges ranging from distribution of a controlled substance to possession of brass knuckles.

DTF Commander Mark Odom said the arrests started on Friday, when agents jailed Kevin Lawrence, 31, of Opp, and Alvie Ainsworth, 36, of Andalusia; and continued on Saturday with arrest of Kevin McDavid Andress, 30, of Andalusia, and ended Tuesday with the arrest of Tyrease Edwards, 25, of Opp.

“These arrests have shown once again that there is no such thing as a victimless crime, and that no controlled substance is ‘safe,’” Odom said. “Three of these individuals sold hundreds of dollars worth of drugs, and the fourth got high, grabbed a weapon, and got in his car looking for trouble. None of them cared who got hurt.

“We fight the war on drugs one day at a time and with the help of other officers and the citizens of Covington County,” Odom said.

Lawrence was charged with one count of distribution, and Ainsworth was charged with three counts of distribution. Lawrence’s bond was set at $100,000, and Ainsworth’s at $300,000.

Odom said on Saturday, agents were called to a vehicle checkpoint conducted by Alabama State Troopers and Covington County Sheriff Deputies, when the troopers made contact with Andress.

“While speaking with (Andress), troopers noted that he seemed to be under the influence of a stimulant,” he said. Andress was given standard field sobriety test, which he failed.

“Andress was arrested, and during an inventory on the vehicle, troopers located a glass tube smoking device containing what appeared to be methamphetamine residue, a vile containing a white powder believed to be methamphetamine and a set of brass knuckles,” Odom said.

Andress was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under influence of a controlled substance and possession of brass knuckles. He was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $23,500 bond.

Edwards was jailed for one count of distribution of a controlled substance, placed into the county jail and held under a $100,000 bond.