APD busts 8th Ave drug house

Published 12:05 am Friday, December 21, 2012


Four people were arrested on drug charges after Andalusia Police Department officers uncovered a suspected drug house on Eighth Avenue Thursday.

Lt. Paul Dean said officers found more than 25 grams of pre-packaged marijuana inside the home when they returned to the site of a Wednesday night foot pursuit.

“The way this started was Sgt. R. C. Covington and Sgt. Roger Cender were riding through the neighborhood when they observed a person carrying a clear plastic bag they believed contained marijuana,” Dean said. “When they tried to make contact with him, he and three others fled into a wooded area.”

Dean said Corithian O’Brian Sims, 20, was apprehended as he came out of the wooded area. He said a search of the area revealed the plastic bag containing marijuana, which was packaged in a manner consistent with distribution.

Sims was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempting to elude and booked into the Covington County Jail on a $16,000 bond.

Dean said officers returned to the area Thursday, and while at the residence, saw packaged marijuana in plain view, as well as more than $1,000 in cash.

“It was packaged the same way as the other one that was found,” he said. “If you had spread it all out on the table, you couldn’t have told them apart.”

Also arrested were Darian T. Hamilton, 21; Courtney P. Hill, 26; and Corneshia T. Berry, 24.

Hamilton and Hill were charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and held on a $13,000 bond.

Berry was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a $2,000 bond.