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May 15, 2013

Wallace State soccer player arrested for drug distribution

Hanceville City Police officers arrested a 22-year-old Hanceville resident and Wallace State soccer player on three counts of drug distribution Friday morning at his home.

Terry Mathews was arrested at an apartment complex on Edmondson Road in Hanceville, where he currently resides, at 9 a.m. that morning. Hanceville police chief Bob Long said officers served the arrest warrant following a six-week investigation on Mathews.

“We received complaints of a lot of visitors going in and out of the apartment and possibly selling marijuana,” Long said. “He and his roommate were very cooperative during the arrest.”

Long said Mathews roommate, Jason Evans, 18, was also arrested and charged with drug paraphernalia. The apartment complex is approximately one mile from Wallace State. Mathews is from Pinson, Ala., and registered on the Wallace State athletics page as a freshman soccer team member.

When asked about the case by The Times, Wallace State Chief of Police Tyler Roden said the arrest was the result of a Hanceville police investigation and his department was not involved.

“The Wallace State Campus Police Department was not involved in the investigation, nor was there an arrest made on campus,” Roden said in a prepared statement. ”However, we appreciate the efforts of our law enforcement partners in identifying individuals selling drugs in the area, and cooperate with these efforts, as it is always our goal to keep our campus safe and drug-free.”

When asked further questions, a Wallace State official declined to comment on the case.

Mathews is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $45,000 bond; each charge is $15,000. Drug distribution is a Class-C felony. Charges could be added as the investigation is still pending.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.

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