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Bibles Used to Smuggle Controlled Substance into Correctional Facility
The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) arrested six suspects as a result of an investigation involving the smuggling of Suboxone, a schedule 3 opiate, into the Shelby County Correctional Facility. Arrest warrants are still pending on five remaining suspects. Corrections Officers at the Shelby County Correctional Facility alerted the SCDETF after a Bible containing hidden Suboxone was discovered within the facility. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that multiple Bibles were used to smuggle Suboxone into the Shelby County Correctional Facility during November and December 2013.
The SCDETF investigation began January 2, 2014, and concluded in March, when arrest warrants were signed for all 11 suspects.
Charles Robert Caldwell, 33, of Calera, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Altonius Donnel Mason, 20, of Birmingham, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Larry Brian Morris, 37, of Wilsonville, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Larry Keith Morris, 56, of Shelby, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Jacob Kenneth Mykicz, 25, of Homewood, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Quran Elijah Wilson, 20, of Hoover, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Lt. Kevin Turner, Task Force Commander, stated, “Drug addicts will go to any extreme to get drugs and will manipulate loved ones in order to get what they want. In this particular instance, the suspects persuaded other people to use Bibles as a means of delivering their drugs into a correctional facility. Since this incident, the facility has changed its policy and no longer allows outside books to be delivered to inmates. The Shelby County Correctional Facility has a zero tolerance policy for contraband, and those who violate the policy will be prosecuted.”
For more information regarding the charges of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd, please click here and go to Title 13- Criminal Offenses and Chapter 12- Offenses Against Public Health and Morals:
The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.
The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone at (205)670-0436 or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaints. All information is anonymous.
Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at email@example.com.
Three Juveniles charged in burglary
On Wednesday morning April 2, 2014, at approximately 10:30 am, deputies responded to the 16000 block of Shelby County Highway 55 in reference to a 911 call of a Burglary In Progress, in which the 911 caller reported that he “walked in on his daughter’s home being burglarized…” This is an area known as Vandiver.
The 911 caller reported three black males fled the scene, reportedly armed with a handgun in a vehicle that he described as a white older model Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury. According to the 911 caller, he fired a shotgun at the fleeing vehicle. There were no reports of injury during the 911 caller’s encounter with the fleeing suspects.
Deputies immediately responded to the area and later located the suspect vehicle with three occupants. Deputies and Sheriff’s investigators detained three juvenile suspects and secured the vehicle as they conducted their investigation. A subsequent search warrant was issued and the car was searched. Sheriff’s investigators recovered property reported stolen from the house that was earlier burglarized as well as other property believed to be linked to multiple burglary reports.
On Thursday, April 3, 2014 each of the three juveniles has been charged with the crime of Burglary 3rd degree and Theft of Property 1st degree. As investigators continue to work this case other charges may be forthcoming.
For information on the criminal charges of Burglary and Theft of Property, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code.
Deputy Receives Medal of Valor
n Friday, March 14, 2014, Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry presented School Resource Office, Deputy David Morrow, with the National Sheriff’s Association’s Medal of Valor.
The presentation was made during a surprise school pep rally at Chelsea Middle School recognizing Deputy Morrow’s heroic actions during February of 2013 when Ryan Matthew Sims held five frightened Chelsea Middle School girls at gunpoint. Deputy Morrow and Chelsea Middle School Principal, William Harper, calmly negotiated with Sims resulting in peacefully disarming him.
Each year, a little over 20 people are presented with the Medal of Valor nationwide for “an act of outstanding personal bravery, intelligently performed, in the line of duty at imminent personal hazard of life.”
Upon receiving the award Deputy Morrow stated, “This is a very, very big shock, but it’s a great honor. I wouldn’t want to relive last year, but I’m thankful that you guys, the staff and students, were prepared enough to know what to do in a time of crisis. I appreciate you very much.”
Area wide thefts last week
During the evening hours of
Thursday, February 27th, approximately nineteen vehicles were
unlawfully entered in residential neighborhoods along Cahaba Valley Road near
Doug Baker Boulevard, in north Shelby County. Credit cards, checkbooks,
cash, computers, phones and guns were all stolen from the vehicles. An unlocked vehicle with the keys left in it
was also stolen from the same area that night. The common theme with these
thefts is that all of the vehicles that were unlawfully entered and the one
that was stolen were left unlocked.
In September of 2013, the
Sheriff’s Office issued a press release advising residents of a similar night
of thefts from cars in the same area.
The common theme there was that most of the vehicles were unlocked. In November of 2013, the Sheriff’s Office, in
partnership with the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and surrounding
law enforcement agencies launched the crime prevention and awareness campaign
titled, “Lock It. Hide It. Keep It.” The focus of that campaign is to
encourage residents to help us help them prevent property crime.
The message is simple:
Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and always
lock your valuables in the trunk.
Hide It: If you don’t have a trunk, hide valuables under the seats,
in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle.
Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard
personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.
To reduce your chances of
being a victim, please remove valuables from your car at night and lock your
Sheriff’s investigators are
currently looking into leads that may possibly identify suspects involved in
last Thursday nights thefts, and have posted pictures of a person of interest
on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Anyone with information about
last Thursday night’s thefts is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s
Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at
(205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report
Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.
Alabama Highway 25 Open
At 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday March 5, 2014, the accident in Wilsonville on Alabama Highway 25 has been cleared and the roadway is again open to all regular traffic.
Highway 25 Closed Temporarily
On Wednesday March 5, 2014, at 6:45 a.m., Alabama Highway 25 in Wilsonville is closed due to an automobile accident. Detours would be Shelby County Highway 61 to the east and Shelby County Highway 7 to the west. Please drive cautiously in the area as first responders are still working the accident. Both drivers have been transported to local hospitals.
This release will be updated when the roadway is clear.
Death of Inmate
approximately 4:45 a.m. on the morning of Monday March 3, 2014, an inmate was
found unresponsive by corrections employees while delivering breakfast. Brandon Lee Hays, 27 years of age from
Pinson, Alabama, was immediately treated by medical personnel on scene while Southeast
Shelby Rescue was also called. Upon
arrival, paramedics determined that Hays was deceased. The preliminary investigation found no sign
of obvious physical injury that would have caused his death and he was in a
cell by himself. The Alabama Bureau of
Investigations was contacted and an investigator responded to begin their
investigation as a matter of policy. The
Sheriff’s Office will cooperate fully with this outside investigation.
Hays had previously been charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged
Instrument First Degree (Alabama Code Section 13A-9-5) and he was being held on
a bond revocation with “No Bond”.
County Sheriff’s Office and Prison Health Care L.L.C. have a cooperative
agreement whereby qualified medical personnel staff a seperate medical unit 24
hours a day within the facility.
Curry would like to offer his sympathy to Mr. Hays family and friends, “while
there are no words that bring immediate comfort, on behalf of the Sheriff’s
Office and all of the corrections staff, I want to express our condolences for
Missing Juvenile Located
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies were notified that Matthew Aaron, 11 years of age, was missing from his home. Aaron was last seen this afternoon in the area of Shoal Run Apartments on Highway 119 near U.S. Highway 280. He was located last night unharmed and returned to his family.
The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the media and the public for their help in locating him.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies were notified that Matthew Aaron, 11 years of age, was missing from his home. Aaron was last seen this afternoon in the area of Shoal Run Apartments on Highway 119 near U.S. Highway 280. Aaron is described as a white male, 5’ 02” tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds with dark brown hair, hazel eyes and wearing black rimmed glasses.
When last seen, Aaron was wearing a dark brown jacket, a black long sleeve polo-type shirt, and blue jeans. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators believe Aaron left his home on his own. Sheriff’s investigators have been actively looking for him and are now seeking the media and the public’s help. His picture and additional information is available on our website at www.ShelbySO.com in the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link as well as on our Facebook page.
Matthew Aaron has been reported nationally as “Missing” through the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC), National Crime Information Center, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Anyone with information about Matthew Aaron or his whereabouts is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category. You may also submit information through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website at www.missingkids.com or call the 24 hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Explorer
Advisor Association (ALEEAA) promotes Learning for Life Law Enforcement
Exploring by providing an annual competition. The 2014 Law Enforcement Explorer
Competition will be held February 22, 2014 at the University of Montevallo for
youths age 14-20. The Law Enforcement Explorer Posts include Baldwin County
Sheriff’s Office, Birmingham P.D., Dalton P.D., GA, Helena P.D., Hoover P.D.,
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola P.D., FL, and the Shelby County
Sheriff’s Office. The explorers will be competing in Burglary Response, Arrest
& Search, Crisis Negotiation, Crime Scene Investigation, Domestic Crisis
Intervention, Traffic Stop, Traffic Accident Investigation and Bomb Response.
The explorer posts train at their
respective agencies throughout the year and come together for the annual
competition. The discipline and life skills developed by explorer’s readies
them for their future in law enforcement. We will have guest judges and
participation from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama State Troopers,
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montevallo
Police Department, Birmingham Police Department, and ABC Board.
ALEEAA would like to invite you out
to share experiences with these law enforcement explorers during the 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. competition with awards given at 5 p.m. Please contact Deputy Kevin
Brand, Vice President ALEEAA by phone at 205-670-6180 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.