Alabaster man charged with dealing crack

Published 5:23 pm Monday, March 26, 2018

ALABASTER – An Alabaster man was recently taken into custody and charged with multiple drug-related offenses.

David Tanniehill, 48, who lists an address on Fifth Avenue Southeast, was arrested by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force on Tuesday, March 20.


Tanniehill was charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to SCDETF Cmdr. Clay Hammac, Tanniehill’s arrest came through the work of narcotics investigators.

“This was the result of a number of undercover operations, in which narcotics investigators made some undercover purchases,” Hammac said.

During a search of Tanniehill’s residence, Hammac said investigators discovered multiple, individually wrapped bags of cocaine along with prescription pills.

According to his arrest warrants, Tanniehill was allegedly attempted to sell a total of 0.95 grams of crack cocaine and was discovered in possession of 9.25 grams of cocaine with the intent to sell it. Tanniehill was also allegedly in possession of 1.01 grams of hydrocodone and digital scales to weigh the cocaine.

Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession with the intent to distribute are Class B felonies, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison upon conviction.

After his arrest, Tanniehill was held at the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $51,000 until his release on March 22.

Tanniehill’s case was assigned to Shelby County District Court Judge Daniel A. Crowson, Jr. He is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. on April 25.