3 charged for drugs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three Florala residents were arrested Sunday afternoon in separate “money for pills” schemes.

Florala Police Sgt. Paul Adams said Monday that the arrests stemmed from information provided by a confidential informant.

“The confidential source purchased from the three different people, three different times, and, as a result, they were arrested,” Adams said.

First to be taken into custody were Jayme Hilburn, 26, and Anthony R. Tersegno, 26, Adams said.

“When they went to sell someone the Oxicotin, they were arrested at the same time,” he said of the couple. “They also had a pistol and a child in the vehicle at that time, too.”

Next, police arrested 33-year-old Tobias D. Adams.

“We took him down in a traffic stop after our confidential source went and made a transaction, money for pills,” Adams said.

All three are charged with distribution of a controlled substance and were booked into the Covington County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

When asked why the cases were not adopted by the 22nd Circuit Judicial Drug Task Force, Florala Chief Sonny Bedsole said, “We can handle these things ourselves.”

“We can handle our own down here,” Bedsole said of drug cases. “Agents have said they’re run to death with cases in Andalusia, Opp and out in the county. I knew we could work this out and handle it with our police personnel, so that’s what we did.

“I want people to know that we’re going to work these type cases,” Bedsole said. “If people sell drugs, be it meth, pills or whatever, we’re going to work as hard as we can to enforce the law and see that they go to jail.”

Bedsole said that officers were able to seize a pistol and a Honda Civic used during Hilburn’s and Tersegno’s alleged drug transaction.