A Cullman County man faces drug trafficking and other charges stemming from his arrest this week after law enforcement took him into custody during a routine traffic stop.
Cathel Monroe Westmoreland, 53, of Battleground was arrested after a deputy with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office learned during the stop that the sheriff’s office in neighboring Winston County had a warrant out for Westmoreland’s arrest. The stop occurred along County Road 1212 between Battleground and Vinemont.
According to a release from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy on patrol “during the early morning hours” Tuesday suspected Westmoreland of committing a traffic infraction. “The deputy conducted a traffic stop and verified the suspect’s driver’s license information with CCSO dispatch, and they confirmed that the suspect, Mr. Westmoreland, had a warrant with the Winston County Sheriff’s Office.”
A subsequent search of the vehicle Westmoreland was driving allegedly yielded approximately 46 grams of methamphetamine. “Deputies also located pills, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia,” CCSO said in the release.
Westmoreland was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, 2nd degree unlawful possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Cullman County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.
“I am glad we were able to arrest this suspect and seize this meth before it was distributed into our community,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry in the release. “I would also like to point out this arrest was made after midnight and during the early morning hours, which shows that bad guys don’t care what time it is — they will still sell drugs, commit thefts, and commit other crimes, and I am thankful for our deputies who are out on patrol for arresting this suspect.”