Neighbors’ complaints lead to meth arrests
by Melanie Patterson
May 15, 2012 | 7529 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jimmi Alexandria Pate
Jimmi Alexandria Pate
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Following complaints from neighbors, a Parrish woman and another unnamed woman were arrested Saturday on drug-related charges.

Parrish police officers arrested Jimmi Alexandria Pate, 30, of Old Tuscaloosa Road, on charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. It carried a bond of $30,000.

Police started investigating Pate after receiving numerous complaints from neighbors about heavy traffic in and out of the house, and residents of the house burning items outdoors at night.

Smith said the investigation ended early Saturday morning when officers saw two minor children left in the back seat of an unoccupied vehicle while Pate and the other female were inside the house.

“We observed that these individuals were smoking methamphetamine,” he said.

The police department obtained a search warrant, and a search of the house turned up more methamphetamine.

“We found evidence during the search that they had been burning their meth labs,” Smith said.

Officers called the Department of Human Resources to take the children.

Both women were arrested. In addition to Pate’s charge of unlawful distribution, both women also face felony charges for possession of a controlled substance, according to Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith.

He said Pate made bond on the distribution charge, and he is still working with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office to pursue the other charges.

“I’m just glad of the relationship we have built with the community where they will call us with this type of information,” Smith said. “I hope this arrest will put a stop to what’s going on over there.”

The Parrish Police Department is filing forfeiture on the residence, which will allow the department to seize the house as a drug nuisance.