Pair indicted for trafficking

Published 2:16 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Covington County grand jury has indicted two men for their parts in a meth trafficking operation.

The November grand jury found that William O. Holland and Arthur Dwight Lucal Jr., on Feb. 9, 2015, did knowingly and unlawfully sell, manufacture, deliver or bring into the State of Alabama in excess of 28 grams but less than 500 grams of methamphetamine, its salts, optical isomers or salt of it optical isomer in violation of Alabama law.

The pair were indicted for trafficking in illegal drugs, a class A felony; attempted distribution of a controlled substance, a class B felony; and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

The grand jury found that the pair arranged to sell meth and that they were in possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

According to Star-News archives, the meth trafficking operation was shut down after Drug Task Force agents received a tip that a man was delivering drugs to the Blueberry Inn on Hwy. 29 North.

When Holland approached the Blueberry Inn, DTF Agent Greg Jackson initiated a traffic stop, and Holland allegedly threw an amount of meth from the window of his vehicle.

He was taken into custody.

Afterward, DTF agents executed a search warrant on Holland’s Antioch Road residence, where they found more than 40 grams of ICE methamphetamine, as well as surveillance equipment and items of drug paraphernalia used in the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.

Lucal was found at the residence during the warrant execution.