Two individuals have been arrested for drug related charges in Etowah County, according to Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Randall Johnson.

On Aug. 19, Attalla Police Department responded to a disturbance on Cleveland Avenue, which led to an investigation into drug activity at a local hotel. Officers found Jeffery Montez Jackson, 28, of Gadsden, and Krystal Denise Tarrance, 37, of Gadsden, inside a hotel room. In addition, a firearm, a large quantity of methamphetamine, a large quantity of heroin, a large quantity of synthetic marijuana, a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the hotel room with Jackson and Tarrance.

Jackson was arrested and was charged with three counts of drug trafficking, first degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $304,000. Jackson was being held in the Etowah County Jail. He was out on bond at the time of this arrest for drug trafficking.

Tarrance was arrested and charged with three counts of drug trafficking, first degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a pistol by a violent felon. Bond was set at $309,000. Tarrance was being held in the Etowah County Jail. She was out on Community Corrections at the time of this arrest.

This investigation is still ongoing, and the subjects could face additional state and federal charges related to the drugs and firearm seized.

The Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit, Gadsden Police Department, Alabama National Guard Counterdrug Program, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and the ATF participated in the case.

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