Jason Murray, commander of the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, said on Thursday that Jeremiah Averette, 30, and Teris Wilson, 35, were taken into custody by the Shelby County Task Force around 2 p.m.
“We were tracking a guy that had been stopped in Douglas County, Ga. with $20,000,” Murray said. “They contacted us, and we had a tracker on the car.”
He said the suspects had approximately 11 ounces of a powder believed to be cocaine, four ounces of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash in their possession when caught in Shelby County.
Authorities arrested Averette and Wilson initially on the marijuana possession charge. Murray said he believed they would obtain a warrant on the trafficking charge by the end of the day.
He reported Douglas County sheriff’s deputies stopped the suspects sometime Tuesday evening. They were both taken to a holding facility in Shelby County.
Murray said no bond had been set by Thursday afternoon. Averette was already on probation on a prior drug-related offense.
Trafficking of a controlled substance is a Class A felony and can carry a sentence of 10-99 years in prison.
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