Two arrested in Hale County drug investigation

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 25, 2005

A drug bust in Hale County has led to two arrests already and may yet produce more, according to Hale County Sheriff Larry Johnson.

Willie Powell, of Greensboro, and Lester Davis, also of Greensboro were arrested Thursday morning and charged with possession of marijuana. Johnson did not have the suspects’ age available when spoken to Thursday afternoon.

“Possession is all [the suspects] are being charged with at this time,” said Johnson.

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The arrests were part of a large cooperative effort on the part of local law enforcement, Johnson said.

“We are trying to work on the drug problem here in Hale County,” he said. “The investigation has been made by the Hale County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Demopolis Police Department.”

Thanks to those combined efforts, the investigation “developed probable cause,” Johnson said, and obtained the search warrants that were served Thursday morning and yielded the arrests.

Johnson declined to divulge further information about the case, in order to protect the ongoing investigation.

“Well, I’d rather not,” he said, when asked how law enforcement was able to ascertain “probable cause.” “There are possible further arrests, and I do not want to jeopardize the investigation.”

Powell was arrested when a search warrant was served at his residence in Greensboro. Davis was arrested later while paused “at a traffic stop,” Johnson said.