Heroin, meth discovered during separate traffic stops leads to trafficking charges

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Left to right are Edward Michael Larue, Jacob Alan Holmes and Ricky Wade Davis. (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies had a busy few days, resulting in four drug trafficking charges following two separate traffic stops.  

According to the CCSO, on Jan. 26, investigators conducted a traffic stop on County Road 568. Once stopped, the driver was identified as Edward Michael Larue, 41. 

Investigators discovered that Larue had an active warrant from earlier in January, and a subsequent search of the vehicle and of Larue allegedly yielded narcotics and paraphernalia. Larue was arrested and transported to the Cullman County Detention Center. Once at the detention center, more narcotics were allegedly recovered from his person.  

In total, approximately 24 grams of heroin and 91.6 grams of methamphetamine were recovered. Larue is being held on a $242,000 cash bond.  

He is charged with trafficking in heroin, trafficking in methamphetamine, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting prison contraband and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.  

Two days later, on Jan. 28, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Second Avenue in Cullman. Once stopped, Jacob Alan Holmes was identified as the driver and Ricky Wade Davis, 48, of Arab, was identified as the passenger. 

According to the CCSO, a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded marijuana and a large quantity of methamphetamine. Approximately 1 pound of methamphetamine was allegedly recovered, and Holmes and Davis were placed under arrest and transported to the Cullman County Detention Center. Each is being held on a $512,000 property bond.  

Holmes and Davis are each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  

“Drugs continue to be the driving force behind most crimes across the country. I am very proud of the diligence and continued hard work of our investigators and deputies. They are helping to keep our citizens safe and Cullman County special,” said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry.