A drug raid in Perry County resulted in the arrest in 40 people on Wednesday.
According to officials, the task force was a coordinated effort from Federal, State and Local law enforcement officers.
"The people of West Alabama are safer today as a result of this major round-up
of suspected dangerous criminals," said Attorney General Strange. "I want
to thank those who partnered in this important operation. I am proud of what we
have been able to accomplish together."
The United States Attorney's Office says that the charges range from possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs. Charges also included various gun violations including various types of prohibited persons in possession of firearms. There were also money laundering charges that were filed.
Officials say that search warrants were executed at four residences, two in Marion and two in Selma. Search warrants were also executed at two businesses in Marion, at the Dollar Max and Marion Meat Market. A consent search was conducted at JT Package Store in Marion as well.
"These arrests should send a strong message to dope peddlers and violent thugs that their activities will not be tolerated even in smaller or more rural communities," said U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown. "Citizens from all communities should be able to enjoy their communities to the fullest without the fear of violence or the scourge of illegal drug distribution in their midst. I commend the collaborative efforts of the various law enforcement entities that were engaged in this clean up. The U.S. Attorney's Office is committed to keeping our communities safe."
According to authorities, 25 of the people arrested are facing federal charges and the other 15 are facing state charges.
Those arrested include:
Wesley Bartholomew Tubbs, 46, Selma
Theresa Jones Tubbs, 45, Selma
Anthony Dwayne White, 38, Marion
Skylark Renaldo Russell, 43, Centreville
Richard Terrell Underwood, 29, Marion
Stacy Rodriquez Heard, 34, Marion
Shanda Tyshae Tutt, 36, Marion
Tameka Deshae White, 33,
Daniel Williams, 36, Marion
Sherri Derella Colvin, 36, Marion
Akeem Holifield, 21,
Aundre Devon Holifield, 24, Marion
Richard Harrison Moore, 47, Marion
Dominikia Moore, 29, Marion
Erick Dwayne Phillips, 37, Marion
Attorney General Strange released the names of 11 state arrests:
Vijay Billingsley, distribution
of a controlled substance;
Christopher Collins, distribution of a controlled substance;
Russlin Ford, distribution of a controlled substance;
Devron Green, distribution of a controlled substance;
Traci Green, distribution of a controlled substance;
Timothy Hawkins, distribution of a controlled substance;
Tony Hogan, distribution of a controlled substance;
Jerry Moore, distribution of a controlled substance;
Terrance Shaw, distribution of a controlled substance;
Jeffrey Tubbs, trafficking of a controlled substance;
Teosha Woods, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Officials say that the indictments are a result of a coordinated investigation which started in 2012 and involved several federal agencies along with some local authorities.
Officials say that the 40 people arrested have been a major factor in the ongoing drug problem in Perry County.
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