LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – A Lauderdale County grand jury convened by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office has indicted a Florence attorney and a second man on human trafficking charges.
Attorney Edward “Chip” Dillard, 51, and Tim Staggs, 83, were arrested and booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center on multiple human trafficking charges Thursday.
Dillard is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond and Staggs is being held on a $300,000 cash bond.
The indictment charges Dillard with seven counts of human trafficking in the second-degree, four counts of conspiracy to commit human trafficking in the second-degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second-degree, two counts of making terroristic threats and one count of intimidating a witness. Staggs is charged, in the same indictment, with five counts of human trafficking in the second-degree and four counts of conspiracy to commit human trafficking.