Investigators find marijuana grow during human-trafficking search in Geraldine

Investigators find marijuana grow during human-trafficking search in Geraldine

PHOTO: When investigators and deputies arrived on County Road 333 in Geraldine to conduct a search related to a human trafficking case, a large marijuana grow was found. Rex Tidmore (right), 59 of Geraldine, was arrested on several charges. Lea Meri Hearn (31 of Geraldine) was also arrested on child torture charges. (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

By Staff Reports

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — According to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office: On December 27th DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received information on a human trafficking case of a minor.

DeKalb County Investigators, Deputies, Drug and Major Crimes Unit and the DA’s Investigators started an investigation involving this information, they worked this throughout the night and into the next day.

Rex Guard Tidmore, 59 of Geraldine. (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

During the investigation the Sheriff’s Office obtained the warrant on Rex Tidmore, 59 of Geraldine, for conspiracy to commit human trafficking.

Investigators also executed a search of his residence on County Road 333 in Geraldine. During the execution of the search, 2 indoor marijuana grows, with roughly 120 plants and roughly 50lbs. of lose marijuana was found. Investigators also recovered approximately $45,000.00 in the search. 

A second search warrant for a residence at the 3100 block of Highway 75 in Fyffe stemmed off the first search, at this residence a 3rd indoor marijuana grow was found with approximately 40 marijuana plants.

Rex Tidmore was arrested and charged with the criminal conspiracy warrant that was obtained earlier that day, trafficking in any illegal drug, manufacturing of controlled substance 1st, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marijuana grow found at the residence. (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
Lea Meri Hearn, 31 of Geraldine. (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

During this investigation of this case another investigation was opened of child abuse, where DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lea Meri Hearn, 31 of Geraldine and charged with abuse of child torture/willful neglect.

Hearn and Tidmore were transported to the DeKalb County Detention center.

Due to the Investigators and the Drug and Major Crimes Unit having an open investigation on this case, no further information can be given at this time.

DeKalb County Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said, “the Drug and Major Crimes Unit, District Attorney’s office Investigators, Geraldine Police, Deputies, and DeKalb County Investigators has worked this case hand and hand and has put in long hours on this case and I would like to thank everyone for working so diligently together on this case.”