2-week investigation nets 2 for meth trafficking

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Patrick Joseph Cunningham, left; Gerald Wilson McDonald, right / Cullman County Sheriff's Office

HANCEVILLE – Two Hanceville men are behind bars following a two-week long investigation by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET).

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, according to a media release from the CCSO, Patrick Joseph Cunningham, 37, and Gerald Wilson McDonald, 58, were arrested after a search warrant was executed at a residence on County Road 565 near Hanceville. The release stated that CNET agents had information that the homeowner, Cunningham, and another suspect, McDonald, were selling drugs at the residence.

Once agents made entry into the residence, they allegedly discovered ICE, a stronger and purer form of methamphetamine, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia. Cunningham was arrested at the scene.

McDonald was arrested later the same day when he was located at a residence on Golf Course Road. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found at this residence as well.  

The CCSO says it seized a total of 45 grams of ICE (meth), marijuana, pills and other drug paraphernalia.

Cunningham was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $261,000 bond.

McDonald was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, two counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and attempting to elude. McDonald also had two failure to appear (FTA) warrants for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $258,000 property bond and $6,000 cash bond. 

“This was pretty high-quality meth,” said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. “I am glad we were able to arrest these suspects and get the meth before it made it into our community. I would also like to thank the CNET agents for the good job they did on this case.”

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