Oakman man arrested for selling drugs in front of school


OAKMAN - An Oakman man accused of selling heroin across from Oakman High School in April was arrested Tuesday.

Joshua Scott Ivey, 34, is charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance (heroin) and faces a sentence of five years in addition to any other sentence he receives for allegedly selling drugs within 3 miles of a school. 

He is being held in Walker County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond for being a danger to the community and having substantial evidence of drug selling or pusher activity.   

Narcotics Investigators Josh Edwards and Blair Huddleston made the case on Ivey and attempted to arrest him during the Oakman drug search warrant operations conducted three weeks ago but were unable to locate him. 

On Tuesday, an individual who knew that Ivey was wanted by law enforcement contacted the Walker County Sheriff's Office and gave them an address on Gibson Hill Road where he could be found.

School Resource Officers Sgt. Josh Richardson and Tim Brand arrested Ivey at the residence without incident.

"During the summer months, when school is out, our school resource officers help to beef up the Patrol Division and today was a good example of that.  We are always thankful to receive help from the community with general crime deterrence and in providing information that helps us locate and arrest our wanted individuals," Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith said.