Moonshine, Meth, and Steroids found on Sand Mountain
April 24, 2019
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Moonshine, Meth, and Steroids found on Sand Mountain

By Staff Reports

FORT PAYNE, Ala. From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: Late last night (Tuesday, April 23), Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Task Force Agents, and police officers with the Fort Payne, Henegar, and Ider Police Departments made several arrests on Sand Mountain. A moonshine still, firearms, and numerous narcotics were confiscated.  

The night began with a search warrant executed on County Road 754 in Ider. Agents and officers confiscated Methamphetamine exceeding 28 grams, drug paraphernalia, two firearms, marijuana, and an undisclosed amount of currency.

At the residence, John Jolley (56 of Ider) and Ruth Smith (49 of Ider) were arrested on charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree).

The team then moved to a residence on County Road 155 to serve an arrest warrant. Upon arrival, three individuals fled the residence on foot. The suspects were captured after a brief foot pursuit.

After searching the residence, approximately 90 grams of methamphetamine was found, along with a disassembled moonshine steel. 50 gallons of mash as well as marijuana was also found at the home.

Those arrested at the residence on County Road 155 were:

Jonathan Matthew Higdon (44 of Bryant)

  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Erica Castleberry (32 of Higdon)

  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Dustin Roberts (32 of Higdon)

  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Brian Sartain (48 of Trenton, Georgia)

  • Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Ryan Hardeman (24 of Higdon)

  • Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

While the team was at the residence, a vehicle pulled in the driveway, then fled at a high rate of speed. Agents and deputies pursued the vehicle on a chase that entered Jackson County. The driver escaped on foot. The suspect’s identity has been confirmed, and charges are pending.

A large amount of steroids were found in the suspect’s vehicle.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: “I’m very proud of our Drug Task Force Agents and Deputies for pursuing these cases. Their work involves a lot of late nights and dangerous situations. They consistently put in the hard work to clean up this county.”

“I also can’t stress enough how much we appreciate tips from the public. Some of our best information comes from concerned citizens who want to see our neighborhoods and communities cleaned up,” he continued.

“It’s also great that we enjoy a good working relationship with our Police Departments. Their help is essential in pursuing these cases. God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

Southern Torch

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