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Lawrence authorities say drugs found in 3 neighbors’ homes

By Kristen Bishop · 340-2443

MOULTON — Three neighbors on Lawrence County 525 also got to be neighbors in the Lawrence County Jail after authorities found crack cocaine and hydrocodone pills at their homes Saturday, said police.

The Lawrence County Drug Task Force issued search warrants at 99 and 127 Lawrence County 525 after receiving reports from the Moulton Police Department that the residents were selling drugs from their homes, said Lawrence County Drug Task Force Commander Amard Martin.

Law enforcement officials found an unspecified amount of crack cocaine and hydrocodone pills at the home of Loise Priest, 54, and Darron Hozza Orr, 43, said Martin.

Both were charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police seized crack cocaine and $1,765 in cash at the home of Charles Phillip Pointer Jr., 18, and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

Priest and Orr remained in Lawrence County Jail on Tuesday. Their bonds had not been set.

The jail released Pointer on Monday on $5,000 bond.

The Moulton Police Department, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Lawrence County Special Response Team assisted with the investigation.

The arrests bring the total number of arrests to eight as part of Operation Rx, a multi-agency initiative to decrease drug-related crimes in the county.

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