4 Arrested After DeKalb Co. Drug Contraband Investigation

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WDEF) – Four people have been arrested and charged after an investigation by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Task Force to uncover the entry point for drug contraband in DeKalb County Detention Center.

Following an investigation on July 19th by DeKalb County Sheriff ‘s Office and DeKalb County Drug Task Force, 49-year-old Belinda Sue Lewis of Rainsville was arrested for 3 counts distribution of controlled substance and conspiracy controlled substance crime.

She is a former employee of the Trinity Food service contracted to work in the kitchen of the DeKalb County Detention Center.

In connection 2 inmates David Cooper, 44 of Valley Head and Dustin McClain Ward, 31 of Aragon Ga, were also charged during the investigation for conspiracy controlled substance crime and promoting prison contraband.

On July 20th, following about a two month investigation by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Task Force, 23-year-old Morgan McCurdy of Fort Payne was arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance and promoting prison contraband 2nd.

She was an employee of DeKalb County Detention Center and former employee of Jackson County Detention Center. McCurdy has been with the DeKalb County Detention Center for about a year as the LPN in jail Medical.

The jail staff has work with the Investigators and Drug Task Force many hours on this investigation.

It all came to an end last night when we received video surveillance of information that there would be a drug drop in a restaurant parking lot to Ms. McCurdy.

In the parking lot we observed a male walking across the parking lot and handing Ms. McCurdy a package. As she left the restaurant undercover agents and myself followed her to the Fort Payne Walmart parking lot where she was stop and was transported back to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. K-9 Marianna and Deputy Akins were called to the scene where Marianna alerted on the vehicle Ms. McCurdy was driving.

The package contained methamphetamine, prescription pills, cell phone charger and two cans of tobacco. This was exactly what we received on video and audio surveillance that Ms. McCurdy was supposed to deliver to an inmate in the jail.

This investigation is continuing. Ms. McCurdy has admitted her wrong doing and is real remorseful.

Sheriff Harris says “I am so pleased for the work of the medical staff, corrections officers, investigators, deputies and K-9 unit. This is an embarrassment to us and the law enforcement professionals. The men and women at the Sheriff’s Office continue to fight the drug war every day and every night. For one of our employees that we have trusted this is truly a disappointment to me and them that work hard every day here at the Sheriff’s Office. No one is above the law and it never has and never will been tolerated in my office.”

Belinda Sue Lewis

David Austin Cooper

Dustin Mcclain Ward

Morgan Elyse McCurdy


*Photos by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office

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