Operation Scrooge
by Chris Norwood
Dec 22, 2010 | 8410 views |  1 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Crane Stance: Talladega Police Sgt. Patrick Thornton kicking in the door of a trailer Wendesday during Operation Scrooge. The resident of this particular trailer, Denny Hubbard, had outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled substance, and had a stolen handgun under one of his sofa cushions. Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
Crane Stance: Talladega Police Sgt. Patrick Thornton kicking in the door of a trailer Wendesday during Operation Scrooge. The resident of this particular trailer, Denny Hubbard, had outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled substance, and had a stolen handgun under one of his sofa cushions. Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
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“Operation Scrooge: The Nightmare Before Christmas” launched Wednesday morning and netted 42 arrests by early Wednesday afternoon on various drug and firearm charges.

The effort was coordinated by the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, with the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office, Talladega, Lincoln and Sylacauga police departments, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Calhoun County Drug Task Force and Talladega County EMA/911, which provided the space for the organization.

Task Force Commander Jason Murray said the goal for the day was to serve a total of 102 warrants on 68 people. The charges include 80 counts of distribution of a controlled substance, 20 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree.

Several of the people arrested Wednesday morning also picked up additional drug charges and are under investigation for federal firearms violations, Murray said.

Among those arrested Wednesday were:

• Kenneth Swain, 34, of Talladega, on two counts of distribution. Swain is currently in prison and will be served there.

• Donald Smith, 40, of Munford, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in the first degree.

• Michael Johnson, 46, of Talladega, two counts of distribution; Johnson was also in prison.

• Ellis “Pork Chop” Williams, 49, Talladega; three counts of distribution.

• Katherine Pointer, 36, Munford; possession of a controlled substance.

• Danielle Hall, 29, Talladega, three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

• Denny Hubbard, 29, Talladega, two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

• Kimberly Martin Sherbert, 45, possession of a controlled substance.

• Richard Scott, 54, Childersburg, distribution of a controlled substance.

• David Haggerty, 52, Sylacauga, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

• Mary Vincent Roberson, 52, Childersburg, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Christopher Johnson, 44, Sylacauga, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Calvin Henderson, 49, two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

• Calvin Keith III, 31, Talladega, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

• Michael Kendrick, 26, Lincoln, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Emmett Fomby Jr., 41, Lincoln, distribution of a controlled substance; served in the Calhoun County Jail.

• Eric D. Garrett, 30, three counts of distribution of a controlled substance; served in the Jefferson County Jail.

• Courtney Leonard, 25, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

• Kenneth Cotton, 67, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

• Regina Cotton, 49, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

• Britany Wells, 24, Talladega; distribution of a controlled substance.

• Angela Limbaugh, 41, Sylacauga; possession of a controlled substance.

• Paula Harris, 38, Sylacauga, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Edward Lomas, 45, distribution of a controlled substance.

• David Whetstone, 55, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Latravious Fuller, 23, three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

• Anthony Swain, 31, Sylacauga, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Tyrone Scott, 36, Childersburg, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Terry Embry, 22, Sylacauga, possession of a controlled substance, served in drug rehab.

• Peggy Blair, 44, Munford; possession of a controlled substance.

• Jim Gay Jr., 57, Sylacauga; distribution of a controlled substance.

• Billy Green, 31, Talladega, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Mearvin Pearson, 35, distribution of a controlled substance. Pearson has been wanted by the task force since the last major drug sweep in 2008.

• Vanessa Hardin, 20, manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree, served in Calhoun County Jail.

• William Moon, 35, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Eric Poe, 25, possession of marijuana in the first degree.

• Lavarious Swain, 22, distribution of a controlled substance.

• Sierra Young, 32, Childersburg, three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

In addition to the charges listed on the warrants above, Calvin Keith, Ellis Williams, William Moon, Denny Hubbard and Edward Lomas are all possibly facing federal firearm violations as convicted felons.

Keith was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, stemming from a small bag that fell out of a pair of pants his mother handed him to get dressed.

Williams was also charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, and Green also picked up a misdemeanor marijuana charge. Moon was charged with additional felony controlled substance and marijuana charges.

The gun found in Hubbard’s trailer was reported stolen in Anniston.

In addition to the drug cases, four other people were arrested during Wednesday’s sweep on failure to appear and child support warrants in other jurisdictions, Murray said.

Hall was actually arrested by Monday night by Talladega Police, after driving erratically, dumping out some kind of white powder and fleeing. He was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.