3 charged with trafficking pot through mail

Published 2:18 am Friday, January 26, 2018

On Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, a joint narcotics investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Service, ALEA State Bureau of Investigation, and the Covington County Drug Task Force culminated in the arrest of three individuals.

During the course of this investigation, agents learned of a scheme involving multiple pounds of marijuana being sent through the U.S. Mail from California to an address in Andalusia.

Agents recovered approximately five pounds of marijuana during the arrests, and two subjects were taken into custody without incident. A third suspect unsuccessfully attempted to elude agents, leading them on a short vehicle pursuit in Andalusia.

Those charged include:

  • Demeki Rashun Smith, 37-year-old male, of Andalusia;
  • Jason Wayne Barth, 37-year-old male, of Andalusia;
  • Shaina Lane, 29-year-old female, of Opp.

All suspects have been charged with trafficking marijuana, with bonds set at $500,000 each.