DTF finds 70 grams of coke, $18K cash

Published 12:32 pm Friday, September 11, 2015

A local man is being held on a $1.17 million bond after being charged with multiple drug offenses following a months-long investigation, local authorities said.

On Thursday night, Drug Task Force agents ended a month-long investigation by executing a search warrant on the Snead Street home of Albert Dewayne Bonam, Jr., 41, of Andalusia.

DTF Commander Mark Odom said agents have worked diligently for weeks on this case and he is pleased with the outcome of the investigation and arrest. “We received information from various sources concerning Bonam’s narcotics sales in and around Andalusia. Using that information, along with our own investigative tactics, we obtained a search warrant for Bonam’s house,” Odom said.

With assistance from the Covington County Incident Response Team, DTF agents served the search warrant at about 9 p.m. and searched the home after detaining the occupants. There they found approximately 70 grams of cocaine powder, $18,282.00 in U.S. Currency, a 9- millimeter Derringer, marijuana and prescription pills. Commander Odom estimated the street value of the cocaine at more than $7,000.

Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks and Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson praised the work of the DTF.

“The Drug Task Force works tirelessly to end the drug trade in Covington County. Once again, they have shown how much they value our community and our citizens,” remarked Sheriff Meeks.

Chief Hudson echoed Meeks’ sentiments: “Drug dealers like Bonam are a blight, preying on weaker individuals. By taking them off the streets, this multi-agency team is making our community a better and safer place to live.”

Bonam was charged with Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana II and Pistol Without a Permit. His bonds totaled $1,117,500.

Commander Odom noted that he expects more arrests to follow.

The Drug Task Force thanked the Covington County Incident Response Team, Covington County Sheriff’s Office, Covington County Sheriff Reserves, Covington County Sheriff’s Posse, Andalusia Police Department and Covington County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance with the investigation.