Assistant Chief Adam Hadder with the Hanceville Police Department confirms Louis Dejuan Owens 42 of Center Point was taken down by the Hanceville Police Department in conjunction with ALEA Narcotics Unit from Birmingham.

Owens was arrested on one count of Trafficking Methamphetamines after a lengthy investigation. There are more charges pending including possible federal charges. When arrested, Owens had over 6 pounds of ICE on him. To put that in perspective, that is roughly 11,250 uses of Meth taken off the streets. Hadder said “A huge majority of Meth coming into Cullman is from the Birmingham area. The investigation was kind of lengthy but we wanted to make sure we were able to get the main supplier.”

“In my nearly 20 years of working narcotics, the amount of meth is worse than I have ever seen. One of the main reasons is due to the cost. One ounce now costs roughly $300. It is then divided up and sold in grams. Most suppliers are selling to support their habit. This arrest alone takes over $30,000 of Meth off the street.” Said Hadder

“Drugs are a major issue in Cullman County. Hanceville Police Department is doing everything possible to keep the drugs out of Hanceville. If you want to test our police, we have a nice place in the city hall for you to stay. We have not and will not take drugs lightly.” – Mayor Kenneth Nail

The other huge issue lies with the judicial system. Owens was out of jail on bond after being arrested twice on charges of trafficking meth. Owens has already bonded out of the Jefferson County Jail on the current charge. The local Judges and police have their hands tied. A federal lawsuit essentially prevents suspects from being held unless they are a threat to society or a flight risk. Basically, anyone who gets arrested can easily bond themselves out within minutes of being arrested. Until a ruling on the federal lawsuit is complete, this is what we have to look forward too. The frustration comes when law enforcement is out risking their lives to get the criminals off the street and then they bond out within minutes after being arrested. The judges also have to abide by the federal lawsuit.

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