Alabaster man charged with distributing meth, heroin

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 35-year-old Alabaster man is possibly facing decades in prison after he was arrested and charged with allegedly distributing methamphetamine and heroin in the county over the past few months.

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Deonte Dion Tanniehill, who lists an address on Warrior Drive in Alabaster, and charged him with three felony counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

All of Tanniehill’s charges are Class B felonies, according to Alabama law, and are punishable by up to 20 years upon conviction.

According to his arrest warrants, Tanniehill allegedly distributed heroin on Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham on Oct. 5, allegedly distributed methamphetamine on Valleydale Road in Hoover on Sept. 22 and allegedly distributed heroin on Shelby County 35 in Pelham on Sept. 27.

Tanniehill also allegedly worked with another person to distribute methamphetamine, leading to his conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance charge.

When he was arrested on the drug charges, Tanniehill was on bond for a previous theft of property charge, meaning his bond for the theft charge could now be revoked.

As of Oct. 23, Tanniehill was being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $120,000.

He is set to appear in Shelby County District Court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m.