Man charged with dealing meth, assaulting officer

Published 2:15 pm Monday, July 9, 2018

COLUMBIANA – A 27-year-old Birmingham man was recently taken into custody on multiple charges involving drugs, assault and stolen property.

Johnny Walter Spragg III, who lists an address on Winola Lane, was arrested on Thursday, July 5, and charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, assault in the second degree, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of a pistol without a permit, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property in the fourth degree and resisting arrest.


According to court documents, Spragg allegedly distributed methamphetamine at a residence on Greenhill Parkway on July 5. Spragg was also allegedly discovered in possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, dextroamphetamine pills, scales, a crack pipe and syringes.

Spragg was also alleged to have knowingly received a stolen Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol, valued at less than $500, which he did not have a permit for.

Spragg also allegedly assaulted an officer in order to resist being arrested by elbowing him in the chin.

Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony. If convicted, Spragg could face up to two decades in prison. Second degree assault is a Class C felony, and possession of a controlled substance is a Class D felony.

Carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property are Class A misdemeanors, and resisting arrest is a Class B misdemeanor.

As of July 9, Spragg remained at the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $23,500. Spragg’s case was assigned to Shelby County Circuit Court Judge William H. Bostick III.