14 arrested in separate operations in county


A search warrant executed Wednesday at a home in Boldo resulted in eight people being arrested and charged for a variety of drug-related crimes. 

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics, investigative, patrol and reserve divisions raided the home at 1668 Boldo Road that belonged to Bennie Wayne Allen Jr. 

Allen, who was the target of the investigation, was taken into custody and charged with two felony counts of illegal distribution of heroin and illegal distribution of methamphetamine. 

When law enforcement officials raided the home, there were 12 people inside. Eight of those — including Allen — were taken into custody. 

Deputies seized methamphetamine ICE, prescription medications, digital scales, hundreds of small clear Zip-Lock baggies used to package drugs for sale and a large amount of drug paraphernalia. 

In addition to Allen, those arrested were:?

•Christopher Allen Hunter, 40, of Boldo, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Adamsville Police Department.

•Angela Marie Lee, 40, of Oakman, who was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. 

•Jaron Blake Valerio, 23, of Boldo, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The Parrish Police Department also held an outstanding warrant for Valerio.

•Raymond Stacy Richards, 45, of Boldo, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

•Kasey Joe Mote, 29, of Jasper, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Jasper Police Department. 

•Adam Gregory Gordon, 34, of Parrish, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Breanna Joyce Lay, 18, of Jasper, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Gardendale Police Department. 

“The traffic and criminal activity at the Boldo address has picked up over the last several month. Deputies have responded to domestic disputes, calls for assistance by medical personnel and stolen property investigations at this address, so I’m happy we were able to shut them down,”?said Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood. 

“Mr. Allen was already out on bond for possession of a controlled substance, so we will be asking the district attorney to file a motion to revoke his bond so we can keep him in jail and provide some relief to the community,”?Underwood added. “We are doing all we can to get these drug dealers off the streets even as we are working shorthanded.”

Traffic checkpoints lead to six arrests

Following Wednesday’s raid in Boldo, deputies set up safety checkpoints at three separate locations in Sipsey. That led to six people being arrested on outstanding warrant held by other law enforcement agencies. 

Traffic citations were issued to several others. 

Three others were found to have outstanding warrants, but local agencies declined to extradite the suspects and take them into custody. 

Investigators also received information during the safety checkpoints that led to the recovery of stolen property.

“These safety checkpoints can be a minor inconvenience to good citizens traveling about in their communities,”?Underwood said, “but they prove valuable in deterring crime and arresting wanted persons. We’ve always received a positive response when we do these, having people thank us for being out there. 

“The stops are very limited in nature unless the deputy develops a reason to investigate further,”?the sheriff added. “We follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s guidelines when conducting these checkpoints. In order to work around our shortage of funding and manpower, we utilize reserve deputies and deputies working on traffic grants to assist with this type of operation.”