Ala church dismisses pastor after heroin arrest


COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — A Shelby County church is dismissing its pastor following his arrest on heroin-related charges.

Deacon J.W. Ross says the Columbiana Church of Christ is "devastated" following the arrest of its 42-year-old pastor, Paul Jeremy Martin. ( ) reports Martin is charged the possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia following his arrest early Tuesday in Birmingham.

Police and court records show officers responding to a traffic accident found Martin passed out in a car, which was still running. A warrant says officers found a syringe containing heroin.

Court files don't list a defense lawyer for Martin, and he could not be reached for comment.

Martin recently began serving as pastor of the church, which has about 60 members.

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