A total of seven people were arrested in a series of drug raids Tuesday in the Sand Mountain area.

Deputies with the DeKalb (AL) County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Task Force Agents, and police officers with the Fort Payne, Henagar, and Ider Police Departments confiscated moonshine still, firearms, and several different types of narcotics.

The first search warrant was executed on County Road 754 in Ider. Agents and officers confiscated Methamphetamine exceeding 28 grams, drug paraphernalia, two firearms, marijuana, and an undisclosed amount of currency.

Arrested were:

  • John Jolley, 56 - charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree)
  • Ruth Smith, 49 - charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree)

The second arrest warrant was executed on County Road 155. When they arrived, deputies saw three individuals flee the residence on foot. They were captured after a brief foot pursuit.

Arrested were:

  • Jonathan Matthew Higdon, 44 - Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Erica Castleberry, 32 - Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Dustin Roberts, 32 - Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Brian Sartain, 48 - Charged with Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Ryan Hardeman, 24 - Charged with Possession of Marijuana (2nd Degree) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

While the law enforcement team was at the home, a vehicle pulled in the driveway, then fled at a high rate of speed. Agents and deputies pursued the vehicle on a chase that entered Jackson County. The driver then escaped on foot. The suspect’s identity has been confirmed, and charges are pending.

A large amount of steroids were found in the suspect’s vehicle.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: “I’m very proud of our Drug Task Force Agents and Deputies for pursuing these cases. Their work involves a lot of late nights and dangerous situations. They consistently put in the hard work to clean up this county.”

“I also can’t stress enough how much we appreciate tips from the public. Some of our best information comes from concerned citizens who want to see our neighborhoods and communities cleaned up,” he continued.