Two arrested for meth at Luverne business

Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2009

An anonymous note given to the Luverne Police Department netted two arrests for meth possession, while a Luverne business owner is still wanted for questioning.

Members of the LPD and the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office searched the Hair Alley, located on East 4th Street in downtown Luverne, on June 25 after receiving information about people smoking meth inside the beauty salon, according to CCSO Investigator Heath Truman.

Truman said that officers found Mitchell Davenport, 38, of Brundidge inside the building in an upstairs room with several meth pipes next to him. Davenport was also watching pornography at the time he was found.

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“There was a water cooler upstairs that contained paraphernalia to ingest meth,” Truman explained.

Numerous meth pipes were recovered from Hair Alley during the search.

Arrested with Davenport was Tammy Hall, 41, of Brantley. Both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Teresa Motes, 40, of Luverne, is the owner of Hair Alley and has not been seen since the search warrant was executed, according to CCSO Investigator Ronnie White.

“We’ve been unable to locate Ms. Motes since the search,” White said. “At this time, no warrants have been signed on her.”

Davenport told officers that he was there for “a haircut and a tan,” but he refused to take a drug test and then asked for an attorney once he was taken to jail, Truman said.

“As we pulled surveillance from the business, traffic stops were made on vehicles leaving from there, and that led to additional cases being made for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia,” Truman said.

“The tip came to the attention of the Luverne Police Department from a concerned citizen who left an anonymous note, and we want to thank that anonymous source,” White said. “We ask that anyone who has information like this to please contact the Sheriff’s Office or Luverne PD, and they can remain anonymous.”

White said that more arrests could be pending for other occupants of the building as well.

Officers who executed the search warrant included Investigators Ronnie White and Heath Truman, Deputies Mason Adcock and Joey Dickey, Luverne PD Captain David Sankey, Lt. Charlie Brundidge, and Sgt. Paul Casteel.