New trial date set for man accused of dealing drugs to kids

Published 10:17 am Thursday, April 26, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 32-year-old Montevallo man who has been charged with allegedly attempting to sell synthetic marijuana to area high school students will stand trial in early June after his original February court date was reset.


Derrick Demetrius Reed, who lists an address on Shelby County 223 in Montevallo, will stand trial on five charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, one count of trafficking synthetic marijuana, one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, one count of first-degree possession of marijuana and one count of illegal possession of a firearm beginning on Monday, June 11.

His original trial date was set for Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

Reed must appear in court for a pretrial docket call on Tuesday, May 29, according to court records.

Reed has been held in the Shelby County Jail since he was arrested in March 2016 by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and charged with the multitude of charges.

A Shelby County grand jury indicted Reed on the charges in October 2016, and Reed has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

He has remained in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $270,000 since he was arrested by the Task Force on March 11, 2016. When Reed was arrested in March, he had only been out of jail for two weeks after posting bond for multiple other drug distribution charges.

Task Force Commander Lt. Clay Hammac previously said deputies arrested Reed in Montevallo while the suspect allegedly was conducting an active drug deal.

During the arrest, deputies found Reed to be in possession of more than 500 grams of synthetic marijuana packaged for sale and two illegal firearms, Hammac said. The Task Force estimated the street value of the synthetic marijuana recovered in the arrest was about $31,000.

Hammac said the synthetic marijuana, which can lead to seizures, unconsciousness and even death, was intended for distribution in Montevallo High School, Pelham High School, Calera High School, Thompson High School and Helena High School.

Trafficking synthetic marijuana is a Class A felony, and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction.

In late September, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office also brought a felony promoting prison contraband charge against Reed after he allegedly was found to be in possession of suboxone in the jail in January.