FPD cracks drug ring

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Police on Monday cracked a drug distribution ring in Florala, sending five to jail while the search is on for three others.

Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole said Camren Marshall, 19, was jailed on three counts of distribution after he allegedly sold both marijuana and cocaine to an undercover Andalusia Police officer.

“Mr. Marshall’s arrest stems from an opportunity between the APD and the FPD, where we had the undercover officer come to Florala,” Bedsole said. “The officer purchased from five adults, two of which have been picked up. Warrants are out for the remaining three.”

Bedsole identified the first arrest as Jucora Thomas, 25, who now faces one count of distribution after her June 22 arrest by DTF agents.

Bedsole said Marshall has an extensive criminal history with the FPD – he was arrested in February after he allegedly stole a child’s 50cc dirt bike and again in April after he and two others allegedly broke into Southeast Elevator and stole a variety of items.

Bedsole said another four juveniles – one 15-year-old boy and three other 16-year-olds – were also arrested for selling marijuana and hydrocodone to the APD officer. The boys were processed through youth services, and one could later be charged as an adult, he said.

“We work diligently to combat the drug problem in our city,” Bedsole said. “And we use whatever legal means we can to catch the people responsible. In this instance, it worked out where we could work with Andalusia Police Department, and I appreciate the cooperation between the departments. It goes to prove we’re all working to eradicate drugs – no matter where we find them in the county.”

Marshall remains in the Covington County Jail under a $300,000 bond.