Arrests Made in Meth Trafficking Probe

Sherriff’s Captain Antonio Gonzalez reports that an ongoing meth trafficking investigation has resulted in the arrests of four people for allegedly trafficking methamphetamines.  Houston County Sheriff’s investigators reportedly seized more than 5 ounces of methamphetamine after serving two search warrants on Friday November 1, 2013.

According to the police statement, one search warrant resulted in the arrest of Jimmy Earl Gentle II, 36, on charges of meth trafficking.  Court records show that investigators confiscated 112 grams of meth during this search.

A second search warrant resulted in the arrest of Jeffery Mark Strivarius, 32, and Skylar William Cooper, 28, on meth trafficking charges.  Records show that investigators seized over 41 grams of meth in this search that took place at a La Quinta Inn and Suites hotel room.

Investigators also charged Strivarius, of Columbus, Ga., and Cooper, of Seale, with felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance.  They were taken to the Houston County Jail and held on bail totaling $1,015,000. Jimmy Earl Gentle II is currently being held at the Houston County Jail on $1 million bail.

Candace Hatcher, 37, became the fourth arrest of this investigation after she was charged with felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office led this investigation with assistance from the Dothan Police Department and agents with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.