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Drug roundup lands 26 in jail

Published 12:05am Thursday, July 7, 2011

A multi-agency roundup Wednesday landed nearly 30 people in jail on a multitude of drug and firearms charges.

The effort, which was coordinated by the 22nd Circuit Drug Task Force, was a culmination of an eight-month long undercover operation and involved 13 law enforcement agencies.

DTF commander Mark Odom said the arrests were made possible when DTF agents were able to record “buys” by using an undercover officer hired and trained by the Andalusia Police Department. The APD, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the DTF funded the roundup, which began at 4 a.m. yesterday.

Odom said 36 warrants were issued for 27 individuals, and by 10 a.m., 26 of those were in custody. Names, charges and bond amounts of those arrested will be announced today.

“We arrested people for marijuana, pills and cocaine, and mostly for distribution,” Odom said. “Some of those arrested will also face federal gun and drug charges. Additionally, others were arrested by officers at the scenes on other charges when those warrants were served.”

There were 49 officers from the Andalusia, Opp, Ozark, Dothan, Greenville and Brewton police departments; the Alabama Beverage Control Board; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Covington County District Attorney’s Office; Covington County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s IRT team participating in the roundup.

Officers broke into teams to serve the warrants in different parts of the county.

“I think the citizens of Andalusia and Covington County can be pleased knowing these drug dealers are off the streets,” Odom said. “I know I am.”

District attorney Walt Merrell said residents can “breathe easier” now that dozens of predators have been taken off the streets.

“(Those arrested) have preyed on the young, the weak and the afflicted for long enough,” Merrell said. “The act of selling drugs is sub human, and we won’t tolerate it. Predators belong in a cage, and that’s where we intend to put anyone who sells drugs.”

The Star-News will update this story as information is released this morning.

  • ruby2zday

    I agree with you Mr. Merrill. A drug dealer is truly the lowest form of life.Keep up the good work.

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  • croix526

    This bust was very sloppy and is a shame to other law enforcement agencies. I was in law enforcement for 6yrs. and the only people they got were not the big drug dealers they were common people in bad times and law enforcement took advantage of their bad times by promising them jobs and when they showed up for a so called seminar after having a nark going around asking everyone for some type of drug. One guy my roommate quit his job thinking he was going to get a better paying job because it was promised to him and then found out that there was no job. He was not one of the ones that were arrested due to the fact he is an honest hard working man and does not deal in any form of drugs what so ever. But now he is looking for a new job because the cops wanted to take advantage of people on hard times. To me I think this was entrapment because they should have never promised the innocent ones a job when there was no job at all. Also from what I have heard the jail refuses to give some of the prisoners their medication when they were in there. I think by the end of their investigation they will be paying out some money for using false information. And if you ask me this is far from good police work it is more like a corrupted police force.

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  • bamafootball

    I agree with you “unverified” in that this was a real shady operation. I learned over the weekend how this was done. I think it’s a bunch of BS but it don’t matter what we think. They can do whatever they want, knowing dang well some of the these “law enforcement agencies” don’t go strictly by the book on their own time. I hope Karma plays a b*tch with these certain ones.

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