GENEVA CO., Ala. (WDHN)—Since the first of May, Geneva County Sheriff investigators along with state agents have been involved in two
separate drug trafficking cases in the Lowery Community.
That’s a small area along the Coffee-Geneva county line that has attracted illegal narcotics operations.
Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms says his deputies and investigators have been busy in the rural, Lowrey Community. Last week, Jody Henderson and Johnny Pope were arrested and each charged with trafficking methamphetamine. 44-year-old Pope also faces a charge of attempting to elude authorities.
Several days later, information obtained in that case led to the arrests of James Stackhouse of Opp and Samuel Maze
of Lowery. In both cases, Sheriff Helms says the suspects lived down the road from each other. The sheriff says
Lowery is a small, “God-fearing” community. But unfortunately, those who deal in meth often look for quiet areas where they
hope to operate “under the radar” of authorities.
Helms says “the five persons that we arrested have all had interaction with law enforcement, some have been to prison before. But the turnout rate coming out of prison is almost so fast. They are putting them on probation just as fast as they can go.”
Mike Gurspan says “nearly 500 people have been booked into the Geneva County jail and the far majority of them are drug-related.”
Sheriff Helms says “this little operation that we did here actually started with our officers and state officers going back almost eight months ago.”
Henderson and Pope’s bonds were set at each more than 100-thousand dollars. The same is the
case for Stackhouse and Maze. Sheriff Helms credits the members of Lowrey for reporting unusual vehicles and individuals in their community which often is a sign of
drug deals taking place.