Traffic stop, K-9 lead to meth trafficking arrests

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Gerald Wilson McDonald and Lyndsey Nicole Hollenack (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Two Hanceville residents were arrested on drug charges Saturday following a traffic stop along U.S. Highway 31 South in Hanceville. Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies with the Community Response Team (CRT) arrested Gerald Wilson McDonald, 61, and Lyndsey Nicole Hollenack, 26.           

According to a media release from the CCSO, “CRT deputies were on patrol during the early morning hours of May 2 when the deputies noticed the vehicle that the suspects were driving commit a traffic infraction. The deputies conducted a traffic stop, and during that time K9 deputy Ollie alerted CRT deputies to the possibility of narcotics in the suspects’ vehicle.”

CRT deputies allegedly recovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately 7 ounces of methamphetamine.   

“Even during these uncertain times we are going through, criminals are still going to commit crimes. I am glad the CRT deputies were able to arrest these suspects and seize this meth before it was distributed into our community,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry.  “I would also like to point out, as I have before, these arrests were made during the early morning hours, which shows that criminals don’t care what time it is, they will still sell drugs, commit thefts and commit other crimes at any time, and I am thankful for our deputies who are out on patrol for being vigilant, night or day.”

McDonald is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and improper lane change.  He is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash bond.

Hollenack is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $100,000 property bond.

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Drugs and paraphernalia recovered (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)
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Wendy Sack

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