DTF nabs 23 in major bust

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 30, 2003

The River Falls Police Department and the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department has proven to be a winning combination in the past, with the agencies teaming up for several previous drug seizures and arrests.

On Friday the two agencies combined for another successful anti-drug effort, with some 23 people being arrested.

According to River Falls Police Chief Jeff Holland, the arrests were made as part of an ongoing investigation by the Conecuh Sheriff's Department into the selling and trafficking drugs, including crack cocaine and prescription drugs.

"(The investigation by Conecuh County) has been going on for the past 12 months or so," said Holland.

He said grand jury indictments were made on between 35 and 40 subjects on Thursday, and Holland said he received a call from Conecuh County Sheriff

Tracy Hawsey requesting his assistance in the apprehension of those who were indicted.

Holland reported the result of the "round up" campaign by his department, the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department. and several other agencies resulted in the arrest of 23 subjects as of around noon on Friday.

He said the campaign to round up the indicted subjects lasted about four and a half hours, and said he expects additional charges to be filed against some of those arrested.

Other agencies participating in the round-up campaign included the ABC Board, the Castleberry Police Department, the Evergreen Police Department and Alabama State Troopers.

Holland said the campaign represents "the continuous effort by cooperating law agencies to fight drugs and other crime."

"(Neighboring agencies) continue to work real well together," said Holland. "We have worked (with the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department) before and there is not that much distance between us, so we are glad to help out when we can."