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Meth Lab Found
2014-05-07

On May 6, 2014, the Pelham Police Department responded to an anonymous tip at the Oak Mountain Lodge in Pelham. The officers arrested Matthew David Ivey on outstanding warrants from the Tuscaloosa Police Department. During the course of the investigation, officers discovered Ivey was a registered occupant at the hotel. When the officers entered the room, they discovered a thick haze throughout the room and what appeared to be a methamphetamine laboratory. The Pelham Police Department then contacted the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) and other emergency agencies for assistance. Task Force investigators arrived on the scene, where they dismantled and removed the methamphetamine laboratory. This case is still under investigation for other possible suspects involved.

Matthew David Ivey, 29 years of age of Pelham, was charged and arrested for Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance 1st, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His total bond is $267,000.  

This is the sixth methamphetamine laboratory that the SCDETF has dismantled and removed this year and the second methamphetamine laboratory in Pelham this year. The SCDETF dismantled and removed 16 methamphetamine laboratories in 2013 and 20 in 2012.

Lt. Turner states, “It is important that law enforcement agencies share information on suspected drug dealers and users, because we find the drug subculture is very transient. The Drug Task Force shared information about a possible meth lab with the Pelham Police Department, who was able to identify Ivey.  They conducted a thorough investigation which led them to the motel room. These so-called labs place everyone in the area at a greater risk of being exposed to and effected by the toxic and harmful gas they create.”      

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.

We encourage citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205) 670-0436 or by visiting http://dtf.shelbyal.com .  Citizens may click on “Tips” there and submit their complaint.  All information is anonymous.

For more information on the suspects, including their picture, go to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s website www.shelbyso.com and click on the inmate locator link.  Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force at (205) 670-0436.

Synthetic Drug Dealer Arrested- Again
2014-05-07

Over the past four months, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), and Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) as a part of Project Synergy Phase II.  This was a national collaborative effort targeting manufacturers and distributors of synthetic drugs, such as synthetic cannabinoids.

DEA, ALEA, ABC, and SCDETF investigators made multiple undercover purchases of illegal cannabinoids at the A&S Food Mart, Inc. located at 630 1st St. S. in Alabaster.  These purchases were from the owner of A&S Food Mart, Inc., Ali Reza Samanifar. Samanifar, 56 years of age from Hoover, was arrested at his home in Hoover on May 7, 2014, for three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Investigators executed a search warrant of the A&S Food Mart, Inc. following Samanifar’s arrest.

Samanifar was taken to the Shelby County Jail. His total bond is $45,000. Samanifar was previously arrested on May 24, 2013, by the SCDETF for three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance after the SCDETF conducted undercover buys of synthetic cannabinoids at his place of business.  

Lt. Turner states, “Synthetic cannabinoids continue to be a growing concern for law enforcement because the manufacturers target teenagers and young adults. Synthetic cannabinoids are not a legal form of marijuana; they are a controlled substance that can cause side effects that range from hallucinations to loss of consciousness, and there have been instances in which overdose deaths have been reported. Although Project Synergy Phase II is complete, the Drug Task Force will continue to pursue manufacturers and distributors.  

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 (205) 670-0436 or by visiting http://dtf.shelbyal.com .  Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaint.  All information is anonymous.

For more information on the suspects, including their picture, go to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s website, www.shelbyso.comm , and click on the inmate locator link.  Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force at (205) 670-0436.

Sheriff’s Citizens Academy partners with Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation to make contribution to the Sheriff’s Office Training Center
2014-05-02

On Saturday May 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., alumni of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy, who have collectively formed the Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, will present the Sheriff’s Office Training Center with a gift of training equipment. The presentation will be in conjunction with a firearms safety course involving the current Citizens Academy, which will begin at the Sheriff’s Office firing range at 9:30 a.m. The Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation’s primary mission is to “aid the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in Shelby County with resources and tools required for the delivery of enhanced, high quality programs and services that promote public safety, community education and awareness, and emergency response.“ The training equipment presented will be “blue guns” or mock firearms used in various training scenarios for deputies and corrections officers. The approximate value of the gift presented by the Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation is $1,500. In response to the presentation Sheriff Curry said, “I am incredibly proud of the success of the Citizens Academy and the initiative and organization of the Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation.” Alumni of the Citizens Academy have the opportunity to participate in training events throughout the year to include tours of other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI headquarters in Birmingham. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is conducted twice a year; in the spring and fall. The next class for the Citizens Academy is set to begin on 9/4/2014 for more details go to www.myshelbyso.com

6th Annual Cops on Top (today and tomorrow)
2014-04-25

On April 25th and 26th, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, along with other area law enforcement officers, will participate in the 6th Annual "Cops on Top" fundraiser for Special Olympics. The event will be held at the Wal-Mart on Hwy 31 in Pelham. The event will be an all day event on both days. Deputies and officers will be raising money to give Alabama Special Olympic athletes the opportunity to complete in local, state, national, and international Special Olympics events. Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirts will also be available for a $10 donation. This year's goal is to raise $10,000 in two days. Law Enforcement Torch for Special Olympics is comprised of law enforcement officers from across the world. The organization attempts to raise funds and create awareness for the Special Olympics organization. "We look forward to seeing the excitement and joy on the faces of the athletes every time that they compete. The money raised helps ensure that the athletes continue to have these opportunities. So many families across Shelby County are positively impacted by Special Olympics, and we are proud to be a part of this organization."

Second Church Safety Conference
2014-04-24

Reminder: Today on Thursday April 24, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Shelby Baptist Association, Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association and the North Shelby Baptist Church will host a second church safety conference at 6:30 p.m., at the North Shelby Baptist Church. The church is located at 4100 Belcher Drive in north Shelby County. The focus of this event will be security issues within our local churches as well as other topics covered by expert speakers. Church representatives are encouraged to attend but the public is welcome also. No reservations are required. Sheriff Curry hopes this second conference is attended as well as the first one held in Pelham last year. Three new topics will be covered including internet security, disaster preparedness and the threat pedophiles pose to youth groups. A flyer for the event can be printed by going to www.ShelbySO.com, clicking on the "Crime Prevention" tab and selecting the .pdf titled "Church Safety Conference". You may also set a reminder for the event on the "Training" tab by clicking the "Conference" event on the calendar. For more information contact Keith Brown at (205)669-7858 or Mac Stinson at (205)835-6498.

Second Church Safety Conference
2014-04-19

On Thursday April 24, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Shelby Baptist Association, Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association and the North Shelby Baptist Church will host a second church safety conference at 6:30 p.m., at the North Shelby Baptist Church.  The church is located at 4100 Belcher Drive in north Shelby County.  The focus of this event will be security issues within our local churches as well as other topics covered by expert speakers.  Church representatives are encouraged to attend but the public is welcome also.  No reservations are required.

 

Sheriff Curry hopes this second conference is attended as well as the first one held in Pelham last year.  Three new topics will be covered including internet security, disaster preparedness and the threat pedophiles pose to youth groups.

A flyer for the event can be printed by going to www.ShelbySO.com, clicking on the "Crime Prevention" tab and selecting the .pdf titled "Church Safety Conference".  You may also set a reminder for the event on the "Training" tab by clicking the "Conference" event on the calendar.

 

For more information contact Keith Brown at (205)669-7858 or Mac Stinson at (205)835-6498.

School Lock Down Drill (Chelsea)
2014-04-17

At approximately 08:30 this morning, Thursday (4/17/14) the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will conduct a "Lock-Down drill" at Chelsea Middle School. THIS IS ONLY A DRILL. Partnering agencies will be the Shelby County EMA as well as the Chelsea Fire Department.

Update on Alabama Highway 119
2014-04-10

At 8:21 a.m. on Thursday April 10, 2014, Alabama Highway 119 is re-opened to the public and normal traffic.

Update on Road Closure
2014-04-10

At 8:15 a.m. on Thursday April 10, 2014, the natural gas leak that led to the closure of Alabama Highway 119 has been contained and the pipe that was damaged from the motor vehicle accident is being repaired.  Alabama State troopers and Shelby County Sheriff's deputies are in the process of re-opening the roadway.  It will be open to all traffic in a matter of minutes.

The Shelby County Board of Education will make the determination of when it is safe to open Oak Mountain Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle schools.

Drivers are still encouraged to drive cautiously in the area as there will be first responders and Alagasco employees there for some time.

Road Closure
2014-04-10

On April 10, 2014, at 6:30 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have closed Alabama Highway 119 is closed in both directions due to a motor vehicle accident that broke a natural gas pipeline.  Traffic is being diverted at the intersections of Heardmont Park to the west and Shelby County Highway 14 to the east.  This will create a major traffic problem as the area affected contains Oak Mountain Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle schools.  Gas is still actively escaping the pipeline and traveling west.

Children from Oak Mountain Elementary School are being transitioned to Oak Mountain Intermediate school and children from Oak Mountain Middle school are being sent to Oak Mountain High school.  Buses with children already on them have been re-routed accordingly and parents may drop off children at both schools.

Alagasco is actively working to resolve the gas leak and until it is contained no one will be allowed into the affected area.

 
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