Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
201 South Union Street, Suite 3000 / P.O. Box 304115 / Montgomery, AL 36130-4115
PHONE 334.517.2800 / LE.ALABAMA.GOV
Hal Taylor

November 25, 2015

ALEA and DOC Assist Barbour County in Search of Jail

[Montgomery, Ala.] On Sunday, Nov. 23, Barbour County Sheriff’s Office received reports of weapons in the Barbour County Jail and requested assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and Department of Corrections (DOC) with tactical search of the facility which resulted in the recovery of contraband items including cell phones, cell phone chargers, synthetic drugs, and tobacco.

“On Saturday, Nov. 22, two inmates, Ladaries Tredel McNabb and Jessie Starks, escaped from the jail. Starks returned to the jail and rumors circulated that he smuggled a weapon into the facility. We placed the facility into lockdown and we contacted ALEA and DOC for assistance in searching the facility. We appreciate the partnership and swift support from the State,” said Barbour County Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw. “Although a weapon was not found, we recovered several contraband items. Also, McNabb turned himself in around midnight.”

“Our specialized units regularly provide assistance to county and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout the state,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. “ALEA’s Tactical Team and State Troopers provided assistance in this potentially volatile situation. We will continue to partner with county and municipal law enforcement agencies.”

“Strong partnerships between law enforcement agencies at all levels of government are essential for public safety,” said Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn. “The AL DOC was pleased to coordinate with Barbour County and ALEA to resolve the incident safely.”