Paul Hershel Nix was arrested on Sept. 8 when members of the Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Carbon Hill Police Department executed a search warrant at his home on Sparks Road in Carbon Hill.
Adam Hadder, assistant director of Walker County NET, said the arrest was the culmination of an investigation that included several confidential informants purchasing pills from Nix.
When the search warrant was executed, police found more than 400 pills inside a safe in Nix’s home. The pills included methadone, Xanax and oxycodone.
“During some of our controlled buys, the informants bought all three,” Hadder said. “That is a lethal combination. He is an older man and retired but we can’t let that go.”
Hadder said Nix had a prescription for 40 of the methadone pills, but the remainder were obtained by either trading for them or purchasing them from other people.
“The illegal selling of prescription pills is a major problem,” Hadder said. “It is one of the most common things we see, and it is sad, but we are seeing more and more seniors doing this type of thing.”