8 people arrested in meth raid in DeKalb County


  • Cory Michael Coots, 31, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of paraphernalia.  His bail was set at $10,500.  (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
  • Andrew Lee Gonzalez, 29, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  His bail was set at $4,500.  (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
  • James Monroe Lee, 48, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and attempted escape.  His bail was set at $65,500.  (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
  • Andrea Nicole Liles, 27, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
  • Austin Taylor Wagner, 24, was arrested on existing warrants for failure to appear.  He was being held without bail.  (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
  • Catherine Chyanne Wells, 37, was arrested under existing warrants.  (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
  • Bradley Shane White, 48, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released on $4,500 bond.  (Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A raid in DeKalb County led to eight arrests Thursday afternoon.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said the sheriff’s office narcotics unit, investigators, deputies, interdiction officers and the aviation unit all arrived at a house on the road from county 515 in the community of Blake around 1 p.m. During the search, 70 grams of methamphetamine were found, along with four firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash. An Alabama state trooper assisted the sheriff’s office.

The persons arrested and their charges are:

  • Bryan Lee Burt, 31, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $8,000 bond.
  • Cory Michael Coots, 31, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of paraphernalia. His bail was set at $10,500.
  • Andrew Lee Gonzalez, 29, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $4,500.
  • James Monroe Lee, 48, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and attempted escape. His bail was set at $65,500.
  • Andrea Nicole Liles, 27, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Austin Taylor Wagner, 24, was arrested on existing warrants for failure to appear. He was being held without bail.
  • Catherine Chyanne Wells, 37, was arrested under existing warrants.
  • Bradley Shane White, 48, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $4,500 bond.

“It was truly an incredible team effort. The property in question was large and it took everyone to keep things under control and conduct a thorough search. Extra precautions had to be taken due to the presence of a large amount of methamphetamine and firearms on the property. These two things do not mix. This is an excellent example of what we have put in place over the past few years. We had corrections officers, transportation officers, members of the special response team, aviation resources, K-9 deputies and the narcotics unit all working together to stop the flow of this poison into the community . We also had several qualified medical professionals on site in the event of a critical incident. God protects you!”

Nick Welden, DeKalb County Sheriff


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