Franklin County officials make three drug arrests

By Staff
Melissa Cason, Franklin County Times
Three Franklin County men were arrested on drug charges Monday as a result of a drug investigation in the Spruce Pine area.
Joel Benton Davis, 32, 7265 Highway 22 in Spruce Pine, was taken into custody Monday after allegedly attempting to sell a controlled substance to a 16-year-old female. Davis was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance to a minor, which is a Class A felony, Franklin County Sheriff Larry Plott said.
"Davis' bond has been set at $12,500," Plott said.
Class A felonies are punishable by 10 to life in prison upon conviction, according to the Alabama Criminal Code.
Davis' arrest came as a result of a traffic stop last week by the Russellville Police Department. The minor was also taken into custody, and she is currently in juvenile detention, Plott said.
Two other arrests resulted in connection with the Davis case. Gary Don Williams, 29, 201 Brown Street in Phil Campbell, was arrested and charged with distribution of a controlled substance. Meth was allegedly found in his vehicle at the time of Davis' arrest, and as a result new charges were brought against Williams, Plott said.
"Williams was already out on bond for possession of a controlled substance," Plott said.
Based on this new offense, Williams' bond will likely be revoked, Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Doug Evans said.
Michael Paul Scott, 29, 1593 Nix Mill Pond Road in Phil Campbell, was already in the Franklin County Jail, charged with conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, when new charges of distribution of a controlled substance were added Monday.
Distribution of a Controlled Substance is a Class B felony, which is punishable by two to 20 years in prison upon conviction, the
BothWilliams and Scott remain in the Franklin County Jail pending a bond hearing.

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