Suspect attempts to swallow synthetic pot

Published 2:27 am Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A suspect who attempted to swallow synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop is among the six people arrested by the Covington County Drug Task Force last Thursday.

According to a press release from the agency issued Tuesday, DTF agents had conducted a traffic stop on South Cotton Street in Andalusia when they noticed the passenger, Laterrance Jones, was attempting to swallow narcotics. Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance (synthetic marijuana), possession of drug

paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence. The driver, Corey Page, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (synthetic marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Agents also responded to a report of subjects smoking marijuana near an Andalusia apartment complex Thursday. When they arrived, agents observed three subjects smoking.  Josh Crenshaw, Reginald Thompson, and Odarius Womack were all charged with possession of marijuana 2 nd degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The same day, agents stopped a vehicle on Foreman Circle in Opp, and determined the driver, Daniel Ray Jackson, was in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun and a loaded AK-47. Jackson was placed under arrest for outstanding warrants. Agents are investigating further charges for weapon violations, including possession of firearms while being a convicted felon.

Sheriff Blake Turman said he would like to commend all units and agencies involved in the arrest of the suspects.

“It’s good for us to work together and combine our efforts to provide our most effective, and tenacious efforts to keep our community safe,” he said. “The Drug Task Force is just that. These officers monitor and investigate criminal activity within our community and thwart crime well. I commend, and encourage them to keep up the good work and stay the course.”

Opp Police Chief Kevin Chance said, “This is a great example of the hard work completed every day by our drug task force to rid the county of illegal drugs. I am especially appreciative of the removal of the firearms recovered in Opp.”

Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson said, “I commend the Drug Task Force members for their efforts to remove illegal drugs and weapons from our community.”