Seven arrested in early-morning Alabaster drug raid

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Seven suspects are behind bars on felony drug-distribution charges after they were nabbed by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force in an early morning raid in Alabaster on Jan. 18.

The arrests came during the Task Force’s “Operation Hilltop,” which was aimed at combating the cocaine supply and distribution chain in western Shelby County, said Task Force Commander Lt. Clay Hammac.

Task Force members made the arrests while serving search warrants at several residences in the area of Cohill Drive and Dilcey Daniels Drive in Alabaster. During the search, Task Force members seized cocaine and counterfeit cash.

“This is our second concentrated effort in less than seven months to suppress and eradicate the crack cocaine supply and distribution in the West Shelby County area,” Hammac said. “Our investigators will continue to lean in and press forward through these neighborhoods until our citizens feel they have reclaimed their community.”

The following individuals were arrested during “Operation Hilltop,” while three others remain at-large:

-Jamel Kentrea Lionel Hall, 29 years of age from Alabaster, currently on bond for attempted murder, charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of imitation drugs, criminal conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime,

-Kenneth Earl Jones Jr., 31 years of age from Alabaster, charged with four counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance

-Valie Denise Burns 37 years of age from Clanton, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of imitation drugs, and possession of a forged instrument 1st degree (counterfeit cash).

-Kristi Robbins Gollach, 32 years of age from Jemison, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of imitation drugs.

-Cheryl Renea Mahone, 36 years of age from Calera charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of imitation drugs.

-Detarrius Quamane Doaks, 23 years of age from Montevallo, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of imitation drugs.

-Devary Oman Huff, 24 years of age from Alabaster, charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of imitation drugs.