Toddler Found Next to Roadway by Alert Motorist

On 7/20/2022, an alert motorist traveling in the 2100 block of Webb Road saw a toddler crawling on the edge of the roadway. The motorist called 911 and held the child until authorities arrived. The residence the toddler belonged to was located and the front door was standing open. The toddler’s father, Raymond Smith, was found asleep in a back bedroom. Located in the bedroom with Smith were various controlled narcotics that he did not have a prescription for.

Raymond Oliver Smith, 19 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Reckless Endangerment, one count of Chemical Endangerment, and three counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $51,000.00.

Raymond Oliver Smith – Reckless Endangerment, Chemical Endangerment, and Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance X 3

Dothan Woman Charged With Five Counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child

On May 14, 2022, officers responded to a call in the 2000 block of Shadybrook Lane in Dothan.  While there, it was learned the adult female at that location was in charge of five children, all under the age of 17.  In a common area of the residence, she had what was believed to be liquid Xanax-soaked gummy candy.  All five children had access to the candy, and it was believed she possibly allowed one of the children to intentionally ingest some of the candy.

Brandy Leshee Waters, 41 years old of Dothan, was charged with 5 counts of Chemical Endangerment of a child.  Her bond was set at $75,000.00.

Brandy Leshee Waters – Chemical Endangerment X5

 

Dothan fire medic arrested for theft of narcotics

The Dothan Police Department was notified by the Dothan Fire Department after a routine inventory that there was a missing amount of narcotics from a narcotics storage facility operated by the Fire Department. An investigation was started and the DEA was notified since the missing narcotic was identified as forty-two (42) one dose vials of Fentanyl, a Schedule II/IIN Controlled Substance. Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine.

Today that investigation has ended with the arrest of Jesse R. Taylor of Rehobeth. Taylor was a Dothan Fire Medic at the time of the theft and is responsible for the theft of the medication. Taylor has been on administrative leave since Wednesday, March 16, 2022. He is charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl and Theft of Property 2nd degree. Taylor has been booked into the Dothan City jail with bonds totaling $30,000. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and US Attorney’s Office have been notified and additional charges are possible.

Taylor has been served a notice of termination and the City will follow Dothan Personnel Rules and Regulations concerning his due process.

It is disturbing to all when a member of the public safety community violates the trust placed on them by the citizens they serve. The Dothan Fire Department and Chief Larry Williams have been transparent and assisted in the investigation in every way possible. By the nature of Taylor’s position in the Fire Department, he was able to access the storage location and remove the medication without suspicion until the inventory revealed the discrepancy. There are no other suspects in this case.

Since this case can be adopted into the Federal system, no other information can be released at this time. Any further questions should be directed to the DEA or the US Attorney’s Office in Montgomery.

William E. Benny
Chief of Police

Anonymous Prescription Drug Drop Box

The Dothan Police Department has a prescription drug drop box located in the lobby of the police department at 210 North Saint Andrews Street.

In 2021 we safely destroyed over 250 pounds of medications, keeping them out of the hands of children and unauthorized persons.

Simply walk into the lobby Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00 and drop the containers into the locked drop box. No need to speak with anyone.

A technician and witness will collect drugs from the container and safely dispose of the items in an incinerator for you.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

On September 21, 2021 Dothan Police performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Reeves St. and Grey Hodges Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 32 year old Travis Welks Miller of Box Springs, Georgia. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle, Kimberly Garrett of Anniston, Alabama.

During the course of the traffic stop approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered inside the vehicle.

Travis Welks Miller was charged with one count of Drug Trafficking. His bond was set at $100,000.00

Kimberly Garret was charged with one count of Drug Trafficking. Her bond was set at $100,000.00.

Dothan Police Make Large Drug Arrest

On September 23, 2021 officers with the Dothan Police Department came into contact with a white female and a white male at a local motel. They were identified as 39 year old April Sangster and 49 year old Freddie Cooley, both of Moultrie Georgia. During the course of an investigation they were found to be in possession of narcotics.

Investigators served a search warrant at the motel room and discovered nine pounds of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

April Sangster was charged with Drug Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She has bonds totaling $758,100.00.

Freddie Cooley was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute. His bond was set at $7,500.00.

 

 

Results of Operation “Clean Sweep”

Over the last several months, the Dothan Police Department had responded to numerous shots fired calls, individuals who were shot, and homicides.  The problem with gun violence in certain areas of the City of Dothan was so bad it demanded action.

Between September 17 through September 19, the Dothan Police Department tasked a special group of officers and investigators as well as Federal and State partners with a focused, sectored patrol in order to combat the use of guns to commit acts of violence.  For three days, the officers focused their attention on areas that, by the crime data, were high crime areas for gun violence.  The US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to apprehend violent offenders who had not been caught for crimes involving gun violence to include one subject arrested for Capital Murder.

In three days of sectored patrol, Officers with the detail arrested 73 individuals for 103 different crimes.  These crimes ranged from Possession of Marijuana to Capital Murder.  Along with individuals arrested, officers seized 31 guns.

Suspect From Honeysuckle Road Search Apprehended with Multiple Charges

On September 2nd, 2020 Dothan Police Narcotics Investigators attempted a traffic stop in the parking lot of a Motel in the 2800 block of Ross Clark Circle. The driver of the vehicle, Courtney Jamal Byrd (26) of Kinsey, AL, was wanted for warrants in Dothan, Houston County, and Abbeville AL. Byrd fled from officers and drove his vehicle into a fence at the rear of the motel and fled on foot into a nearby apartment complex.

Officers were able to gather in the area and began a search for Byrd. Dothan Police Patrol Officers, Canine Teams, and Investigators were involved in the search, as well as, The Dale County Sheriffs Office Helicopter, and Houston County Deputies. After hours of searching Byrd was located in the wood line behind a residence in the 1200 block of Honeysuckle Road. He was apprehended by a Police Canine Team  and received minor injuries from his capture. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries. Byrd was admitted into the hospital for dehydration and is currently being monitored.

Byrd has nine charges from the incident on September 2nd. His charges are Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Receiving Stolen Property 2nd Degree, Attempting to Elude, Obstructing Governmental Operations, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. No bonds have been set at this time and additional charges are pending.

Byrd was also wanted for two warrants from Dothan. Those warrants are Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Distribute and Attempting to Elude.

He had six Failure to Appear warrants with the Houston County Sheriffs Office. Two Possession/Receiving Controlled Substance, Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Attempting to Elude, and Drug Trafficking.

Abbeville Alabama has three warrants on Byrd. One count of Certain Persons forbidden to Possess a Firearm, Felon Registration Card, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

Glasgow Arrested on Drug Charges

On August 11th 2020 Dothan Patrol officers conducted a traffic stop in the 800 block of W. Main St. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kenneth C. Glasgow.

During the course of the traffic stop a police canine was utilized and crack cocaine along with a digital scale was recovered from inside the vehicle Glasgow was driving. Kenneth Cherden Glasgow was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Glasgow has a bond amount of $1,000.00.

Dothan Police Narcotics Officers Make Drug Trafficking Arrest

On June 23, 2020 Dothan Police Narcotics Investigators arrested 29 year old Diante Teivon Vickers and charged him with one count of Drug Trafficking. 

The arrest came after an approximate three month investigation. Narcotics officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle that Mr. Vickers was occupying. During the course of the traffic stop a police canine was used and alerted that the vehicle contained narcotics. 

Officers searched the vehicle and found approximately 400 grams of synthetic analog used to make synthetic marijuana. Mr. Vickers was charged with Drug Trafficking and was also arrested for 8 outstanding warrants for failure to appear. Mr. Vickers is currently on bond for Drug Trafficking and a bond amount of $1,000,000.00 was set.

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