3 Joppa residents jailed after children test positive for meth


Billy Alexander, Madison Knowles, Tracy Knowles / Cullman County Sheriff’s Office


JOPPA – Investigators with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Wednesday charged three people in the community of Joppa with two counts each of chemical endangerment of a child.

Billy Allen Alexander, 49, Madison Paige Knowles, 21, and Tracy Rena Knowles, 20, were arrested after a search warrant of their residence allegedly yielded methamphetamine, prescription medication and marijuana, which a statement from the CCSO said were all being used by the offenders at the residence.

Four children, ages 2 months old to 3 years, were also living at the residence. The CCSO said all of the children tested positive for methamphetamine due to the exposure from the offenders.

“As sheriff I am proud of the effort by our investigators and the (Cullman County) Department of Human Resources to protect our children; however, as a father and sheriff it angers me that the very ones who should ensure the children’s safety have exposed them to this type of environment. Our mission is to be tireless and relentless to those who put children at risk,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry.

All three offenders remain in the Cullman County Detention Center, each on a $10,000 bond.

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