Two men arrested on weapons charges, drug arrests made
by Chris Yow
Sep 15, 2010 | 5300 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sumiton Police Department has been busy over the past month, and police chief T.J. Burnett is proud of his department.

“We have some of the best officers in the county,” he said. “They all work hard to keep our city safe.”

Officers arrested two Birmingham men outside a business on Main Street well after hours according to Burnett.

“The two men were seen on Main Street outside of a business in the 200 block of Main Street,” said Burnett. “We apprehended the suspects before a potential robbery occurred.”

Burnett said Jerry Cortez Poole, 35, and Edrick Lamar Lee, 34, were taken into custody and officers found AK-47 rifles in their possession.

Lee was already under federal indictment for weapons chargers. Poole is being held pending federal indictment.

In an arrest over the weekend, officers Patrick Ragsdale and Chris Daughtery responded to a call of a strange odor on Phillips Chapel Road in Empire.

When the officers arrived, they entered the residence with permission and found an active one-pot meth lab and another inactive one-pot lab according to reports.

The officers then arrested Walter Mickles Jr. and Sonya Phillips on charges of first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetimine, chemical endangerment of a child and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, while awaiting cleanup crews, a car arrived on the scene and the officers identified the occupants and searched the car with consent. Inside, they found what the officers determined to be precursors of manufacturing meth.

Officers then arrested Jamison Phillips and Bruceann LeVan on charges of second-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Since August, Sumiton police have made 16 felony drug arrests, 10 possession of illegal drug arrests, including ice cream truck driver Timothy Bush on first-degree possession of marijuana. There have been four forgery charges and two unlawful use of a credit card charges as well.

Burnett said the department is currently investigating a domestic dispute that ended with a gun shot.

“I want to thank my officers for the work they do, and the help we get from the Sheriff’s office and drug teams,” said Burnett.