Drug seizure and arrests in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Ala.--The Dothan Police Department and Houston County Sheriffs Office Vice units have been working a joint investigatio into the illegal distribution of narcotics in Columbia.

"We began receiving information a couple of weeks ago into illegal narcotics being sold in and around the city one or two certain individuals," said Lt. Will Glover, Dothan Police Department.

Friday night the investigation into a drug trafficking ring in Columbia led to the arrest of two area men.

"Through our investigation we learned that the Houston County sheriffs office was also looking at the same individuals. So at that point we began a joint investigation into this drug ring," said Glover.

32-year-old Patrick Whitehead of Dothan and 38-year-old Joshua Brady of Columbia were arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

The pair were in a vehicle driving to Brady's home on Campbell Street.

"Houston County Sheriffs Department patrol deputies attempted to stop the vehicle to continue our investigation. At that point the driver of the vehicle refused to stop," said Glover.

There was a very short vehicle pursuit that lasted about three blocks.

"The subject ran into a tree at that time both subjects in the vehicle did flee on foot into the woods," said Glover.

The pursuit ended at the three hundred block of Springview Street.

One subject was apprehended by a sheriff's office K-9 and the other by vice investigators shortly after they fled.

"We recovered evidence from the traffic stop and then executed the search warrant and recovered more evidence at the residence," said Glover.

In the home located on the 100 block of Campbell Street, investigators seized 2.6 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,200 Xanax pills, steroids, marijuana, three firearms and approximately $51,000 in cash.

Both are being held in the Houston county jail with a $1,500,000 bond for each drug trafficking charge.

Whitehead had first appearance yesterday and Brady will have his first appearance Wednesday morning.

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