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Pair arrested on drug charges in North Alabama

Bobby Ray Hudgens Bobby Ray Hudgens
Bobby Wayne Tidwell Bobby Wayne Tidwell

DEKALB, AL (WRCB) -- Law enforcement officials had a busy Wednesday in North Alabama, which ended with two men in jail on a variety of drug-related charges, among other offenses.

Around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the Ider Police Department responded to a shoplifting call from the local Dollar General store. 

Ider officers searched the vehicle of Bobby Ray Hudgens, 58. With Hudgens watching, officers discovered syringes and a vial containing a substance thought to be methamphetamine.  The DeKalb County Drug Task Force was notified and upon their arrival confirmed that the vial did in fact contain meth. 

Hudgens was charged with Illegal Possession of Controlled Substance and is currently awaiting bond in the DeKalb County Detention Center.  

Ider Police Department likely has a shop-lifting charge on Hudgens as well.  Sheriff Jimmy Harris said that he's not surprised at all when theft-related searches result in drug seizure.  

In an unrelated event, another drug arrest was made in the county late that night while DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies and officers of the Crossville Police Department and Geraldine Police Department conducted a license checkpoint.    

Around 9:00 p.m., 56 year old Bobby Wayne Tidwell pulled up to the officers and was asked to present his driver's license.  Deputy Greeson of the Sheriff's Office noticed a firearm in the floorboard between Tidwell's feet and took appropriate actions to secure the weapon.

Further search of the vehicle revealed that Tidwell was also in possession of methamphetamine and an undisclosed amount of money.  The DeKalb County Drug Task Force was notified and confirmed the officers' findings.

Tidwell was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Illegal Possession of Controlled Substance and Illegal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

The gun, money and the vehicle were seized and Tidwell was placed in the county jail where he awaits bond.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris stated that he hopes these drug arrests – as well as the "Spice" arrest made earlier this week – alleviate the concerns of citizens who so frequently communicate their distress to him about the threat of drugs in our area.

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