Police crack down on drugs
by Rachel Davis
Apr 06, 2013 | 4445 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kenneth Ray Trawick
Kenneth Ray Trawick
OAKMAN — Oakman police arrested Kenneth Ray Trawick, 23, Thursday night for distribution of marijuana.

Police were looking for him to execute a warrant and stopped him for a traffic violation near the traffic light in Oakman. Trawick is charged with distributing from his home on Market Street, where police executed a search warrant Thursday night. They recovered approximately 52 grams of marijuana, as well as marijuana seeds and hydrocodone.

Oakman police also said the charge will contain an enhancement because state law increases the penalties for distribution near a school or housing authority. The location in question is within a three-mile radius of both schools and the housing authority.

“We aren’t going to put up with people dealing drugs in our town, especially not in an area with so many children,” Police Chief Andy Powell said.

If convicted, illegal distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony which carries a two- to 20-year sentence and up to $30,000 in fines.

The enhanced charge would mean a mandatory five-year addition to any sentence imposed if Trawick is convicted on the charges.

Oakman police said Trawick’s arrest is key in reducing drug traffic in the city, with Assistant Police Chief Chad Gurganus calling Trawick a “major player” in the town’s marijuana supply.

Trawick is currently in the Walker County Jail on a $1 million bond. Oakman police said he has a past history of drugs and theft and may face additional charges from them, as well as possible charges from Jasper Police and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the last month, the department has made numerous drug arrests that have kept Powell and Gurganus, as well as officers Jack Cooley and Blake Powell busy.

“Drugs have been a big problem here, but we are making great strides with these cases,” Gurganus said.

The newly-acquired drug dog, Bella, has also assisted in some of the cases.

“Bella is proving to be a great asset for the city in the fight against drugs,” Andy Powell said. “We have Richard Corey from the Bull Pen, Tommy Hadder from Hadder Pharmacy, Tammy from Red Top BBQ, Oakman Hardwood and Ricky Wade to thank for providing the department with this resource so the residents didn’t have to pay anything for the dog.”