DeKalb Co. Law Enforcement make multiple drug arrests this week in separate incidents
April 11, 2017 Share

DeKalb Co. Law Enforcement make multiple drug arrests this week in separate incidents

PHOTO: (Pictured, Left to Right) Shala D. Gillespie of Philadelphia (PA), George Victor Morton of Albertville, Dylan Nathaniel Essex of Fort Payne, DeWayne Levon Childrey of Stone Mountain (GA), Darius Trevon Cottrell of Fort Payne, Courtney Dwayne Ayers of Decatur (GA), and Corvis Ambers of Birmingham were arrested for drugs in DeKalb County this week. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

By Staff Reports

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Sunday, April 9th Deputies pulled over a vehicle on Highway 35 in Rainsville for a traffic violation. Deputies observed a strong marijuana smell coming from the vehicle driven by Darius Trevon Cottrell, 19 of Fort Payne. After a search of the vehicle, marijuana was found under the driver seat and on Cottrell’s person. Cottrell was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and tampering with Physical Evidence.

On Monday, April 10th a DeKalb County Deputy and a Crossville Police Officer witnessed a vehicle going at a high rate of speed on County Road 24. When the Deputy and Police Officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the vehicle turned on County Road 8, hitting a mailbox and ran a stop sign before running off into a ditch and flipping the vehicle on County Road 456. Once the vehicle came to a rest, George Victor Morton, 35 of Albertville jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot. After a short foot chase Morton was arrested and charged with Attempting to Elude, Criminal Mischief 3rd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On the same day, but in a separate incident, deputies pulled over a vehicle for speeding. Once stopped, deputies asked Dylan Nathaniel Essex, 19 of Fort Payne to step out of the vehicle, Deputies then found marijuana and a marijuana pipe on his person. As a result Essex was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd. 

Weapon and drugs found after a search of a vehicle on I-59 by the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and Major Crimes Unit. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

In another incident, the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit pulled over a vehicle for speeding on I-59. When approaching the vehicle, the agent could smell a strong odor coming from the vehicle. The driver, Corvis Ambers, 31 of Birmingham was asked to step out of the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, marijuana, prescription drugs and a gun was found. Ambers was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Also on April 10th, 3 individuals DeWayne Levon Childrey, 23 of Stone Mountain, GA, Shala D. Gillespie, 36 of Philadelphia, PA, and Courtney Dwayne Ayers, 36 of Decatur, GA were stopped at a driver’s license check point. When Deputies and Officers assessed the vehicle they noticed a strong smell. The K-9 Deputy got K-9 Yogi to do an open air sniff of the vehicle, K-9 Yogi indicated that there were drugs inside the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and marijuana was found. All three individuals were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Money and Marijuana recovered after deputies searched a vehicle at a driver’s license check point. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

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