Fast food, clean cars and cocaine

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 13, 2006

If any residents attempted to get their cars washed at Tate’s Fast Food and Car Wash Thursday afternoon, they may have noticed the owner and one other familiar face was nowhere to be found.

That is because Demopolis Police arrested business owner Demitchell Tate and Tate’s employee, Johnny Lee Ormond, on drug charges Wednesday afternoon.

After acquiring a search warrant, Demopolis police searched the small business on North Chestnut Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. on July 12.

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Following a thorough exploration, checking in every corner of the property next to the railroad tracks, food and car wash supplies weren’t the only things authorities found.

According to Demopolis Police chief Jeff Manuel, police seized amounts of cocaine, currency and three vehicles.

Tate and Ormond, both Demopolis residents, were apprehended and transferred to the Marengo County Detention Center.

Tate, 35, faces charges of trafficking cocaine while Lee, 50, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance.