published Friday, April 19th, 2013

Police charge already-arrested Section, Ala., woman with drug crimes

Already behind bars, a Section, Ala., woman was charged Thursday with three drug-related crimes.

A day after police arrested Romana Jean Willbanks, 50, members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Section Police Department searched her home and found two methamphetamine labs, some marijuana, drug paraphernalia and chemicals sometimes used to make methamphetamine, a news release states.

Officers charged Willbanks with manufacturing controlled substances, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

The day before, according to the release, Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers stopped Willbanks, who was on the way home from Wal-Mart, and found pseudoephedrine pills and syringes. They arrested her on charges of drug paraphernalia possession and a violation of the Alabama Meth Act.

Officers booked Willbanks in the Jackson County Jail, originally on an $8,000 bond. After the police search of her home Thursday, Willbanks’ bond increased to $20,000.

Christy Cole Vinson, who officers say was with Willbanks on Wednesday, was also charged with a violation of the Alabama Meth Act. Vinson, 35, of Section, later left jail after paying a $5,000 bond.

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