Drug bust nets five arrests in Wilcox County

Published 9:19 am Monday, October 9, 2017

ROCHELLE — On Monday morning, The Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover narcotic investigation within the city limits of Rochelle

A search warrant was executed at 356 Stephens Street in Rochelle.

The result from the warrant was the arrest of five individuals.

Randy Ray Clark, age 39, was arrested and charged with the sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a housing project, Possession of drug related objects and Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Bryant Lashawn Smith, age 23, was arrested and charged with Probation Violation and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Marvin Lee Williams Jr., age 19, was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Law Enforcement and Contributing to the delinquency of a minor

In addition, one female juvenile and a male juvenile were also arrested as a result of the warrant. The two were later turned over to their parents to appear in juvenile court at a later date.

In a press release Sheriff Rodgers said, “ I want to publicly thank the deputies and investigators who worked this case. We look forward to more of these type investigation.”

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