Hanceville Police Bust Up Dope House Selling To Elementary Age Students

by | Mar 22, 2017 | Breaking News, City News, County News, Crime, Cullman, Cullman City, Hanceville, Public Safety, Videos

Hanceville Police Bust Up Dope House Selling To Elementary Age Students

Alleged Perp Arrested With Infants On Premises Endangered By Pot Smoke Inhalation, Unattended Firearms, Nefarious Drug Trade Environment

With upport from the Cullman Police Department (CPD), Narcotics agents with the Hanceville Police Department have concluded several weeks of an undercover investigation initiated by Hanceville Patrol Officer Paul Butler.

Butler received information concerning alleged countywide marijuana sales activity while working his beat in the City of Hanceville.

Following a variety of leads generated by undercover and street level sources, a search warrant was executed at the Veigl Village Apartments along the 600 block of Katie Lane SW in the City of Cullman.

The small apartment – which was the target location of the operation – housed the primary suspect, plus eight other people, including two infant children.

Hanceville Police Bust Up Dope House Selling To Elementary Age Students

Hanceville Police seized the following items from the premises:

High THC-level Marijuana – approximately one-half pound
$1,500 in United States currency
• A Glock 17 9mm pistol
• Extended capacity ammunition magazine
Hollow point bullets
Prescription-grade marijuana from Colorado
Drug Paraphernalia

The marijuana seized is valued at $3,000 to $3,500 per pound on the street.

At this site, Hanceville narcotics agents arrested:

EVAN JON CRAIG FULLER, III (21) of Cullman

Fuller was arrested based upon documentation yielded by the undercover operation that he allegedly sold marijuana repeatedly to law enforcement operatives.

Fuller was transported to the Cullman County Detention Center and booked on the following:

Controlled Substance – Unlawful Distribution
Possession of Marijuana – 1st Degree

Hanceville Police Bust Up Dope House Selling To Elementary Age Students

According to long-time Hanceville Chief of Police Bob Long:

“Based on the evidence generated in our investigation, our officers were able to purchase drugs from Fuller on numerous occasions. We executed the warrant before dawn on Thursday. We recovered almost one-half a pound of marijuana, a Glock 9 mm pistol, about $1500 in cash, plus drug paraphernalia. We notified the City of Cullman Police Department ahead of the warrant. We truly appreciate their cooperation and assistance.”

Fuller was the only occupant of the apartment taken into law enforcement custody.

However, conditions inside the dwelling, according to Hanceville Assistant Chief of Police Adam Hadder, were both dangerous, and in his opinion, unfit for the safety of the two infant children residing therein.

Hadder, with the assistance of CPD, immediately involved the Department of Human Resources (DHR) in the case. The two kids – believed to both be under the age of 2 years – were taken from the home into protective environments.

Also, it was determined that Fuller was apparently distributing marijuana to both adults as well as children. Some of the customers he peddled drugs to from his presumed Veigl Village dope house were of elementary school age.

Hadder explains the details of the case as well as his perspective on the endangerment to the infant and school-aged children in this intense interview:

Hanceville Police Bust Up Dope House Selling To Elementary Age Students

Fuller also has a prior felony conviction on his record.

As a result, he was unlawfully in possession of the firearm found at the residence. Other charges may be pending on the gun violation issue and potentially for endangerment to the children in the home.

Brannon Hammick, a lieutenant with the Hanceville Police Narcotics unit, is unimpressed by Fuller and distinctly upset about how his alleged unlawful, mercantile behavior is damaging the community:

“As I’ve said before, as police officers, we believe the lives of every resident in the City of Hanceville – and across Cullman County – matters.

 

Citizens deserve police protection that goes beyond just ‘busting bad guys.’ This case with Fuller is a perfect example of our new ‘Your Lives Matter’ focus. As police officers, our goal is the betterment of the entire community through proper law enforcement practices.

 

Taking a guy like Fuller off the streets goes well beyond ‘another marijuana bust.’

 

The guy had his apartment clouded up with marijuana smoke for his infant kids to inhale. He has loaded guns just lying around for anyone, including children, to pick up and handle. Add in his apparent conscienceless activity of selling dope to elementary school and junior high school aged kids … and we have a real menace to the community on our hands.

 

Selling pot is hardly a ‘victimless crime.’ Take a look at this case. It is like a rock in a pond, with the behavior and subsequent arrest, rippling out destroying the fabric of our community.

 

Our ‘Your Lives Matter’ approach addresses that. We are going to stop these dangerous, life-sucking predators while knowing our real job is to make our entire community a safer, better place.”

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Hanceville Police Bust Up Dope House Selling To Elementary Age Students

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