Convicted robber rearrested on drug-dealing charges

Published 4:07 pm Monday, September 21, 2015

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 26-year-old Montevallo man who previously pleaded guilty to the 2010 armed robbery of a Montevallo convenience store is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond after he allegedly distributed cocaine on three separate occasions earlier this year.



The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Dramaine Bernard Chism, who lists an address on Nelson Circle in Montevallo, on Sept. 18 and charged him with three felony counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

According to his arrest warrants, Chism allegedly distributed cocaine on three occasions: Once on Graham Street in Montevallo on March 10, another time on Graham Street in Montevallo on March 11 and again on Fourth Place Southeast in Alabaster on March 13.

Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony, according to Alabama law, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison upon conviction.

When Chism was arrested on the three drug distribution charges, he was on probation for a first-degree robbery charge he pleaded guilty to in January 2012.

According to his indictment, Chism, while armed with a gun, robbed the Express Fuel convenience store on Alabama 25 in Montevallo on Sept. 25, 2010.

During the robbery, Chism stole cash, a cell phone and a cash drawer.

After pleading guilty to the charge, Chism originally received 20-years in prison, but had the sentence split between a three years in prison followed by three years of probation. He received 434 days of jail credit deducted from his prison sentence for time served between his arrest and the date of his guilty plea.

After Chism was charged with the three drug distribution felonies, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to revoke the suspect’s probation on the robbery charge. He currently is being held without bond on the probation revocation charges.