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7 nabbed in drug raid

More than half a dozen people were arrested in a drug raid in Demopolis Monday afternoon.

The Demopolis Police Department, with assistance for the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 505 Wolf Circle at approximately 4 p.m. Monday. Seven people were taken into custody and charged with a variety of drug offenses, mostly related to the sale and possession of crack cocaine.

Among those arrested were Willie Crispin, Jr., 20, for Cocaine Possession; Ernest G. Bryant, 56, for Cocaine Possession, Marijuana Possession and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Clarence L. McAlpine, 57, for Cocaine Possession; Cordaryll Robertson, 23, for Cocaine Possession; Ivan Spears, 45, for Cocaine Possession; Bernice “Tootie Jackson” Ratliff, 54, for Cocaine Possession and Nancy Hill, 45, for Cocaine Possession and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Demopolis Chief of Police Tommie Reese said agents found the suspects in the home allegedly using crack cocaine when the officers made entry.

“The house, when the officers went inside, was full of smoke,” he said. “They were using right then.”

Reese said the home was a known hot-spot for the sale and use of crack cocaine and a “sizable” amount of drugs were taken from the home, including crack cocaine and marijuana, as was assorted drug paraphernalia, cash and a handgun.

“I’d like to thank the officer, the narcotics unit, the Criminal Investigation Division and the Drug Task Force for working together to get this drug house under control,” he said, repeating the mantra Reese has long used to those who use and distribute drugs in the area. “Today may be your day.”