Eight face drug charges after task force arrests

Eight people face drug charges after arrests during separate Shelby County Drug Task Force investigations on Monday night.

According to a Shelby County Sheriff’s Department press release, investigators were given information of possible drug activity in the 4900 block of Cahaba Valley Trace.

Upon further investigation, five people were arrested for drug-related charges or outstanding warrants at that location.

James Nathan Shamblin, 31, of Birmingham, was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance and his bond is $75,000.

John D. Walker, 56, of Birmingham, was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and his bond is $1,000.

Tyler Lane Hinton, 34, of Pelham, was arrested for an outstanding warrant from another local jurisdiction.

Ashley Nicole Parks, 24, of Pinson, was arrested for an outstanding warrant from another local jurisdiction.

Lauren Elise Hicks, 23, of Birmingham, was arrested for an outstanding warrant from another local jurisdiction.

In a separate and unrelated case, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a possible methamphetamine lab in the 3300 block of Egg and Butter Road of Columbiana.

Deputies located three individuals in possession of clandestine/precursor ingredients consistent with a methamphetamine lab.

Michael Paul White, 29, of Columbiana, was charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled substance and one count of distribution of a controlled substance. His bond is $130,000.

Joni Roxanne Knowles, 33, of Harpersville, was charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled substance. Her bond is $100,000.

William Earnest Hollinghead, 28, of Harpersville, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. His bond is $15,000.

The investigation continues in both incidents.

Task Force Commander Lt. Chris George said, “We are seeing an increase in the level of methamphetamine labs from all levels of society. The ease in which methamphetamine can be produced is taxing on law enforcement and the personnel responsible for cleaning up the remnants. We are thankful for the cooperation of local federal law enforcement in this never-ending battle.”

The Task Force encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205) 670-0436 or by visiting Shelbyso.com. Citizens may click “Report Criminal Activity” and submit their complaint in the field labeled “Narcotics.” All information is anonymous.