‘Craftily hidden’ drugs, $14K in cash found in Limestone County raid, deputies say

Drugs, guns and cash were seized during a search warrant execution in Tanner on March 5, 2019.
Drugs, guns and cash were seized during a search warrant execution in Tanner on March 5, 2019.(Source: WAFF)
Updated: Mar. 5, 2019 at 9:05 PM CST
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A search warrant execution early Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a Tanner man and the seizure of “craftily hidden crack cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills, cash, and more,” according to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

Paul Ray Hines, 57, is charged with drug trafficking (cocaine), distribution of a controlled substance (meth), possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hines is being held in the Limestone County Jail. Bond has not been set on the drug trafficking charge, but bond on the remaining charges is $15,000.

Paul Ray Hines
Paul Ray Hines(Source: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

Limestone County sheriff’s narcotics investigators, the Special Response Team, and a K-9 unit from the Limestone Correctional Facility executed the search warrant at Hines’ residence on George Washington Street around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies say the preliminary investigation had determined that the premises was completely surrounded by a high-security/privacy fence with locked gates and was well-covered by security cameras, which Hines watched on several monitors inside the residence.

An armored vehicle transported team members to the residence, but the gate was open and did not need to be breached. TV monitors displaying multiple security camera angles were observed in the living room, kitchen and bedroom of the house.

Once investigators secured and searched the residence, they found about two ounces of cocaine hidden in what appeared to be a can of corn but was actually a hidden compartment with a screw-off lid, according to the sheriff’s office. They reportedly found about an ounce of meth and pills (oxycodone, alprazolam, Klonopin, Xanax, and Teva) in another hidden compartment designed to look like a full bottle of water. The K-9 unit helped locate the drugs.

A small plastic box containing nearly $14,000 in cash was also seized, as well as two pistols.

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