Two Cherokee County residents have been arrested and charged in Etowah County with custody related offenses.

According to Etowah County Sheriff’s Investigator Carla Carroll 49 year old Billy Eugene Epps, Jr., of Centre, and 24-year-old Jeffery Lynn Epps of Gaylesville have been arrested and each charged with two counts of interference with custody, which is a felony.

The two men allegedly picked up two teenage females, without their parents’ permission, on January 2nd from Etowah County and transported them back to Cherokee County. They are accused of giving the teenagers, ages 13 and 14, drugs and transporting them to several locations before leaving them at a convenience store in Cherokee County on January 3rd.

At this time, there are no reports of sexual abuse. A bystander at the convenience store initially reported the incident in Cherokee County.