Jasper police arrested 12 people wanted on outstanding felony warrants during a sweep across Walker County Thursday.
Members of the department’s Critical Incident Response Team joined detectives and patrol officers in spreading out across the county to serve warrants ranging from possession and distribution of illegal drugs to receiving stolen property and assault.
The arrests were the culmination of more than eight months of work, Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said.
In all, 22 people — including Thursday’s 12 — have been taken into custody on outstanding felony warrants in recent weeks.
The arrests have also resulted in the seizure of more than three pounds of marijuana, more than 30 grams of heroin, three firearms, several grams of methamphetamine, prescription medications, $2,000 cash and four vehicles.
“Eight months ago we launched a specific investigation into illegal drug activity in our community. We were particularly interested in heroin and in moving up the supply chain beyond the consumers,” Rowe said following Thursday’s sweep. “We dedicated two full-time officers to gathering intelligence and developing cases. Our approach has been slow and methodical. It takes time and patience to get beyond the street-level dealer, and these two officers have invested a great deal of both in this investigation.”
And Thursday’s arrests aren’t the end of the investigation, Rowe said.
“Today’s arrests are the first wave of results we have to show for their hard work,” she said. “The fruits of their labor will lead to more arrests locally and assist in other investigations well beyond our jurisdiction.
“I feel good about the current and future returns of our department’s investment in ths long-term investigation.”
Those arrested Thursday, and the charges against them, included:
•Randy Welch, distribution of a controlled substance
•Carolyn Welch, distribution of a controlled substance
•Elan Colbert, distribution of a controlled substance
•Cassins Hardin, failure to appear in court
•Allison Mann, possession of a controlled substance
•Lee Robertson, possession of a controlled substance
•Brittany Butcher, distribution of a controlled substance
•Brittney Robinson, distribution of a controlled substance
•Timothy “Bo” Trotter, receiving stolen property
•Joseph Miles, receiving stolen property
•Brodrick Sanders, second-degree assault
•Luther Welch, first-degree possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jasper police also arrested Martin Castillo of Cordova and charged him with reckless endangerment after he led police on a brief chase down Gardners Gin Road.
The chase began after Castillo reportedly ran an unmarked Jasper police vehicle off the road inside the Jasper city limits.
The 12 arrested on outstanding felony warrants were taken to the Walker County Jail.
Castillo was transported to the Winston County Jail on the misdemeanor charge.
Rowe said although Thursday’s sweep didn’t round up all those with outstanding warrants, the investigation will be on-going.
“When this one ends, another investigation will begin,” Rowe said. “We’ve got our heads wrapped around regional sourcing and the paths of local distribution. We’re going to interrupt the process as much as we can.”