Selma Patrol Officers net pair of holiday drug arrests

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Selma patrol officers had a busy Memorial Day after two routine traffic stops resulted in six arrests and the confiscation of illegal drugs, money and a gun, according to local police officials.

The first arrests were made at around 11 p.m. on Monday after Officer B.D. Wright stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Lauderdale and First Avenue.

With the assistance of Officer Henry Tubbs and Sgt. David Hopkins, a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of what appeared to be marijuana and scales on the back seat, according to police reports.

The officers also found a white substance they suspected to be powdered cocaine.

The driver, Jasper Julius Smith Jr., 24, of Selma, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

Also arrested were Ronnie Fendell Furlow, 23, of Selma, and Douglas Davidson Owens, 25, of Selma. They were both charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

All three suspects were taken to the Dallas County Jail.

Smith was given a total $25,500 bond, while Furlow and Owens both received a $25,000 bond.

At nearly the exact time of this arrest, Officer Fredrick Walker stopped a vehicle on the corner of Alabama Avenue and Broad Street after spotting the vehicle swerving on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Officer Walker, with the assistance of Sgt. David Hopkins, discovered a .40 Glock handgun under the seat, along with a clear bag of what appeared to be powdered cocaine and small amounts of marijuana.

The driver and two passengers in the vehicle were arrested.

Julius Watts, 19, of Selma, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and license to carry a pistol in a vehicle required.

Also arrested were K’Chebe Neely, 19, of Selma, and Rickie M. Ellis, 18, of Selma,

Neely was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Ellis was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and license to carry a pistol in a vehicle required.

All three suspects were taken to the Dallas County Jail.

Watts and Ellis received as $10,500 bond, while Neely’s bond was set at $500.