Sheriff Sam Cochran enforces ban on synthetic marijuana

On Friday, October 14, 2011, Governor Bentley signed an executive order allowing law enforcement agencies to seize synthetic marijuana commonly known as “spice” and “K2.”  Our Deputies began immediately acting on that order and seizing hundreds of packets from local stores.

 

Synthetic Marijuana has been a growing trend over the past couple of years, it is unregulated and very dangerous.  It is basically some common herbs sprayed with a cocktail of chemicals that users smoke to get high. This has become a huge money making venture at several stores in our local area. Yesterday, we received a tip of a store in Prichard selling the substance.  Within the hour our undercover narcotic deputies seized over 200 packets from the store that had been reported.

 

For more information about this drug I have provided a link that describes what it is, what it looks like and what we “know” to be some of the side effects.  Go to http://alcoholism.about.com/od/tipsforparents/a/legal_bud.htm.  If you have any information about a store or person selling, go to our main page on our website, www.mobileso.com and click on “Report a Crime”.  The information given is confidential.  If you would rather report by phone, call 574-8633.

 

Beginning October 24, 2011, it will be ILLEGAL to sell or posses fake pot.  If you are caught selling it or in your possession, you will be charged with a felony.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

Sheriff Sam Cochran launches Yellow Dot Program

The YELLOW DOT PROGRAM is the first program of its kind in the state of Alabama.  It is designed to assist citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile accident or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle.  The program can help save lives by improving communication at a time when accident victims may not be able to communicate for themselves.

 

Participants of the program will have their picture taken, complete a personal information form, and will be given a Yellow Dot folder and decal.  The personal information form, with the photo attached, will be placed into the folder and then into the glove box of their vehicle.  The Yellow Dot decal will be placed in the lower left corner of the rear window of the participant’s vehicle.  The decal alerts first responders that medical information can be found in the glove compartment.

 

The Yellow Dot Program is a free service provided to individuals of all ages.  The program is being funded by Sheriff Sam Cochran and a grant provided by the ADECA/LETS.

 

For more information on the program go to our homepage and click on YELLOW DOT PROGRAM.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

Drive time with the Sheriff on 106.5

Tomorrow, August 17, 2011 I will be on 106.5 at 7:35 am.  Tune in and listen to the latest “happenings” at the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.  I will look forward to taking your calls and answering questions.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

Metal Database

We began tracking metals at the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office with our own database that was created in 2008.  In fact, it was the success of our metal database that we began our Meth database that allows us to track the pill shoppers.

 

The difference in tracking scrap metal versus pill shoppers is being able to IDENTIFY where the metals come from.   A dealer has no way of knowing whether the person selling it acquired it honestly or through theft.  Currently, dealers are required to keep a record of who’s selling and provide that list to local law enforcement.  MCSO created a database to aid in that record keeping. We have made a system that actually makes it easier for the dealer to keep their records and post into ours at the same time.  Once the information is entered into our system we are able to search our database to see if that person has any prior arrest involving metal thefts.  We are also able to see if that person has any outstanding warrants or if there are other red flags that would alert us to some type of criminal involvement. Since we began the metal database in 2008, many dealers have voluntarily shared that information with us on our database.

 

Metal dealers who take advantage of this technology are helping local law enforcement track, identify and arrest metal thieves in our community.  For more information about our program contact us here on our website or call 574-star.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

THUG TEXT PROGRAMS

In November of 2010 We began a program here at the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office called THUG TEXT.  This program is designed to take guns out of the hands of convicted criminals, thus the name targeting hoodlums using Guns. We have partnered with two other agencies, U.S. Attorney’s office and ATF, to aid and assist in the arrest and prosecution of these Career Criminals.

 

Since November we have had the following;

* 78 text

* 54 suspects

*  8 have been arrested on federal gun charges (7 have already plead quilty)

* over 60 guns have been removed from the hands of convicted felons

* we have arrested 5 others on other charges such as outstanding warrants, drugs and domestic violence

* we are currently working on 5 more to introduce to federal grand jury

 

Reporting by TEXT is fast and safe.  Just text “THUG” to 839863 and we’ll send you directions on how to report a felon with a gun – safely, quietly and confidentially.  If your text leads to an arrest, the MCSO will offer you a 500 reward for your help.  It’s a safe, rewarding way to fight crime.

 

It’s illegal for a felon to have a gun and making sure these Career Criminals don’t is an important part of fighting crime in Mobile County.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com