GPD, DTF net crack and grass

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Drug investigators Friday night, acting upon information they had received, paid a Greenville man a visit, and after a search, found a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana.

"We received information on Friday, May 25, that Willie J. Kemp was in possession of drugs in his house," said Inv. Sgt. Kenny Parker, of the Greenville Police Department. "After requesting assistance from the Second Judicial Drug Task Force, once they arrived, we went to Kemp's home."

Parker said after the agents requested and received written permission from Kemp to search the premises, they located drugs in the house.

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"During the search, we recovered ten plastic bags containing a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, and approximately 3.5 grams of an off-white rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine."

Parker said field tests were performed on the substances, and they all proved positive.

"Kemp was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, first degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia," Parker said. "Kemp was then transported to the Butler County Jail where he was booked on the listed charges."

Parker said the case was successful in part due to inter-departmental cooperation and assistance.

"We are better able to get drugs off the streets with the help of the Task Force," Parker said.

"Drug enforcement is the business of all law enforcement officers," said Chief Lonzo Ingram. "It is in all of our best interests, whenever possible, to pool our resources and work together to remove these illegal drugs from the streets."

Chris West, commander of the Second Judicial Drug Task Force said he was glad the special unit was able to assist Greenville with the case.

"I want to thank Chief Ingram for allowing us to assist in the case," West said. "Combined, we can be more effective in the battle against drugs."

West also said the efforts would not be possible without the continued cooperation of several agencies.

"Without the assistance and support of Lowndes County Sheriff Willie Vaughner, Crenshaw County Sheriff Charles West, Hayneville Police Chief B.C. Cooper, Luverne Police Chief Bob Davis, and the Office of the District Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, our multi-jurisdictional agency would not be possible."