Five drug arrests made in Carbon Hill
by W. Brian Hale
Nov 12, 2010 | 4657 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Carbon Hill Police Chief Heath Allred reported that five drug-related arrests have been made in recent weeks as part of the Carbon Hill Police Department’s effort to combat drug activity in the city.

On Oct. 27, Joseph Brandon Fortenbury, 21, of Townley, was arrested on a traffic stop and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of open container of alcohol statute.

On Nov. 2, Shannon Sue Dobbins, 40, of Carbon Hill, was arrested on a traffic stop and charged with multiple counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

On Nov. 5, Anthony Ray Miles, 37, of Carbon Hill, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Nov. 9, Steven Ray Johnson, 30, of Carbon Hill, was arrested on a traffic stop and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Allred said many of the cases could include more charges brought up against the suspects based upon further findings in the investigations.

“Several of these cases have items of evidence we have confiscated that we are sending off to the forensic lab for more testing,” Allred said. “Based upon what we have found thus far, more arrests and charges could be coming out of these.”

“I can’t say enough about my officers on their conduct on these operations,” Allred added. “Their willingness to step out and take the initiative is key to us sending out our message that we are not going to tolerate drugs in Carbon Hill. It’s our main focus and we’re aggressively going after it.”

In a related incident, Allred reported that on Nov. 5 his department received a tip from Carbon Hill High School about possible drug activity. Ashley Brooke Beavers, 19, of Carbon Hill, who is a student at the school, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Allred was also the arresting officer in the case.

“In the case of Ms. Beavers, those are the ones you hate to see,” Allred said. “When the drugs are in the school, it’s so damaging because of far reaching effects. I applaud the school for their vigilance and their assistance in alerting us to the problem so we could get the drugs out as quickly as possible.”