Four university students were arrested last week in connection with two separate narcotics investigations led by the Huntsville Police Department, Lt. Curt Landrum said.
Jonathan Lee, 19, and Karon Crouch, 21, were arrested and charged with the possession of more than one pound of marijuana on Oct. 18, Landrum said.. If convicted, the state jail felony charge can result in a sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.
HPD officer Kevin Hammond was initially dispatched to the 2200 block of Ave. L because someone reported a suspicious odor, Landrum said.
Both Lee and Crouch were taken to the Walker County Jail, Landrum said.
In a separate incident, Geoffrey Coleman, 20, and Ashley Fordyce, 20, were arrested and charged with the possession of a controlled substance on Oct. 19, according to police reports. HPD officer Justin Schubert was initially dispatched to the Aberdeen apartments, located at 1410 Nottingham Street, after HPD received a tip at 1:15 a.m. Coleman and Fordyce were found in possession of one gram of Adderall, a medication used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and 0.3 grams of cocaine, Landrum said.
Possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance is a state jail felony, punishable up to two years in state jail. Possession of more than one gram of a controlled substance is a third-degree felony, which is punishable up to 10 years in a state prison.
Although police seized a large amount of drugs during the arrests of Lee and Crouch, Landrum said drug-related crime is not uncommon in Huntsville.
In the past month, HPD has made 10 arrests for the possession of marijuana, nine arrests for the possession of a controlled substance and one arrest for the possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police reports.
In addition, the University Police Department has made one arrest for the possession of marijuana and one arrest for the possession of drug paraphernalia in October, according to police reports.
Still, Landrum said HPD is striving to alleviate drug related incidents.
“In these situations, we always welcome the assistance of the community,” Landrum said. “We will continue to fight drugs with the various means at our disposal.”