Alleged meth dealers jailed this week

During the weekend, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit seized a large amount of methamphetamine in several incidents, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden.

Welden said DeKalb County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit was working an area in Rainsville June 28 regarding complaints from citizens.

During a traffic stop a quarter-pound of methamphetamine in crystal form was found. DHR was then called to the scene due to the presence of two young children in the vehicle, Welden said.

Two were arrested on scene. Delila Faye Simmons, 35, of Rainsville and Benjamin Jay McClain, 36, of Etowah County were both arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early the following morning at approximately 2 a.m., Welden said agents went to an address on County Road 139 in the Crossville area. While there, agents of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, along with the Marshall County Drug Task Force and ALEA Drug Task Force discovered approximately 77 grams of methamphetamine in crystalized form that was located within the residence. Tony DeLane Bryant, 37, of Crossville, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to DeKalb County Detention Center where he was booked on the charges and remains in custody.

Earlier Sunday, an officer with the Fyffe Police Department was investigating a dump truck stopped in the middle of the road. The officer checked at a nearby residence for the owner of the vehicle.

After locating the owner, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and scales. At this point, an agent with the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was called.

After a search of the residence, 34 grams of methamphetamine and 78 tramadol pills were found. Two were arrested in the case, the driver of the truck and the owner of the residence, Welden said.

The truck driver, Tony Selvage, 58, of Fort Payne, was charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Welden said the homeowner, Jeffrey Thomas George ,46, of Fyffe, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Another awesome job by our narcotics unit this week,” Welden said. “Ridding our communities of this poison and catching the people who supply it are the most important tasks we are faced with.”

“We’re extremely proud of this part of the sheriff’s office. These guys work tirelessly at their jobs. God bless.”

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