Sheriff Issues Update on Recent Arrests

April 21, 2008
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has picked up two more people on drug charges who were named in Grand Jury sealed indictments this month. Other arrests have also been made within the past week.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 41 year old Melissa Jean Petty of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville was arrested Tuesday on a sealed indictment for sale of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid), delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid), attempt to sell a schedule II drug (Dilaudid) and attempt to deliver a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Total bond was set at $25,000 and her court date is set for June 20th.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Ray says on Thursday, April 3rd which was the night of the drug roundup, deputies and detectives went to Petty's residence on Banks Pisgah Road to arrest her. Upon arrival, officers saw 25 year old Ashley Jerome Ferrell of Banks Pisgah Road with a shotgun standing in Petty's yard. After retrieving the shotgun from Ferrell, officers learned that the gun was stolen in DeKalb County. Ferrell also had in his possession a pill believed to be methadone, rolling papers and a small amount of marijuana. Detectives also noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence. Detectives executed a search warrant at Petty's residence and found a stolen computer, another computer with the serial numbers scratched off, and drug paraphernalia (rolling papers and a marijuana grinder). Ferrell was charged with simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana), simple possession of a schedule II drug (methadone), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of stolen property. Ferrell's bond was set at $6,500 and his court date is June 5th.

27 year old Randy Allan Caldwell of Young Ridge Road, Sparta was arrested Friday on a sealed indictment for sale of a schedule II drug (dilaudid) and delivery of a schedule II drug (dilaudid). Caldwell's bond was set at $25,000 and his court date is June 20th.

24 year old Johnny Lynn DeVault of Talpha Drive, Dowelltown was arrested Thursday for DUI and evading arrest. Sheriff Ray says deputies had a state warrant on DeVault and spotted him on Highway 70 West. Officers tried to pull over DeVault, but he did not stop and continued on for approximately one mile until reaching his residence on Talpha Drive. After DeVault pulled into his driveway deputies took him into custody. The officers also noticed a strong odor of alcohol on DeVault's person and administered field sobriety tasks which DeVault failed. DeVault was arrested for DUI, evading arrest, and he was issued a written a citation for failure to comply with the implied consent law. DeVault was placed under a $2,500 bond and his court date is May 15th

21 year old Timothy James Howard of McCledehon Road, Watertown was arrested Sunday on Highway 53 in Alexandria after deputies, who had knowledge of Howard's Driver's License being suspended, spotted him operating a motor vehicle. Howard was charged with driving on a suspended driver's license and his bond was set at $2,000. His court date is May 14th.

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