Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

  • The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office recently took an alleged “porch pirate” into custody earlier this week. A resident from a Morgan Road subdivision provided deputies with a video of a woman, later identified as 34-year-old Amanda Nicole Ramos, stealing a package from a Bessemer residence. After issuing a lookout bulletin for Ramos’s arrest, deputies found her in possession of several items of stolen property as well as drugs, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and the drivers’ licenses of other victims. Saying that stealing made her “feel good”, Ramos soon admitted to stealing packages off porches as well as selling drugs. Ramos faces charges of first-degree receiving stolen property, third-degree receiving stolen property, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, trafficking in stolen identities and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held in the Jefferson County jail on bonds totaling $46,000 and could face additional charges.
  • A group of federal and state lawmen against a group of 29 people in north Alabama this past week. The suspects were charged with federal indictments ranging from possession of a pipe bomb to possession of machine guns and drug trafficking. The criminal activity involved areas such as the city of Huntsville as well as Madison, Morgan, Jackson and DeKalb counties. Combined, the seizure include more than 45 guns (including pistols and machine guns) and the suspects had more than 60 prior felony convictions and 358 prior arrests.

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