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Issues spark Tallapoosa Co. drug probe, 12 busted

ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) – A drug investigation covering months in Tallapoosa County has led to a multitude of arrests and is thought to have actually put a dent in criminal offense in the neighborhood.

It was annoyed residents, police state, who helped them take down alleged dealers and other players in the local drug trade.

Officers with the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Job Force, Alexander City Special Response Group, U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and Chambers County Constable’s Department K-9 System relocated prior to the sun turned up Thursday, executing three search warrants at the same time in Alexander City.

In addition to the arrests, authorities took more than 300 grams of high grade marijuana, 4 grams of fracture cocaine, prescription pills, 5 hand guns, 2 cars, and more than $4,100 in money.

“We performed 3 simultaneous search warrants in the Alexander City location. Throughout the day, we served numerous arrest warrants across the city and the county,” stated Sgt. Fred White with the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force. “We carried out physical surveillance along with regulated buys in the area and this is an end result of that.”

Two of the raids happened on I Street on the city’s north side, near an elementary school, leisure center and churches.

“There are churches, a Boys and Ladies Club and there’s a school within rock tossing distance of both places. There’s public real estate too,” Sgt. White stated.

The 3rd raid occurred on Sixth Street Extension.

“I do believe that we served a blow to drug dealing in these areas. It’s a continuous examination,” White included.

A lots people are now facing drug charges.

Narcotics agents say their probe began 6 months back after getting grievances from locals who are fed up with seeing blatant drug offers taking place on the streets in their areas.

“It’s public objection. The community itself is basically fed up with the drug dealing and it is really widespread. Nobody conceals it any longer,” Sgt. White said.

Citizens are praising the work of local companies to crack down on drugs.

“I think it’s terrible that all of that is going on right here on the streets and I feel that the officers are just trying to tidy up the streets and make it much safer and a more family-friendly environment right here in the area,” stated Michael Goggans, director of the Cooper Recreation center.

“It’s an aid to the community,” puttinged Jerry Thomas. “It’s assisting break down the destructive apartments of the community.”

Narcotics agents say a few of the suspects might face added time behind bars for selling drugs within a 3 mile radius of a school and public housing.

Those jailed include:

[SLIDESHOW: Suspects’ mugshots]

Jamorris Kendall Crayton, 29, of Alex City. He’s accuseded of twelve counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, certain individuals forbidden to have a firearm, ownership of controlled substance, second degree possession of marijuana, and possession of drug stuff.

Tiffani Edwards, 32, of Alex City. She is accuseded of 2 counts of conspiracy to commit a regulated substance criminal activity.

Chaz Russell, 26, of Alex City. He is accuseded of seven counts of illegal distribution of a regulated element, 2 counts of property of a regulated substance, first degree property of marijuana, and belongings of drug paraphernalia.

Brianna Grant, 19, of Alex City. She is charged with first degree property of cannabis, 2 counts of possession of controlled element, and belongings of drug paraphernalia.

Labrinikin Khan McKenzie, 25, of Alex City. He is accuseded of six counts of unlawful distribution of a regulated element, first degree ownership of marijuana, ownership of controlled substance, and belongings of drug paraphernalia.

Laquita Jackson, 29, of Alex City. She is charged with first degree belongings of marijuana, possession of regulated element, and ownership of drug paraphernalia.

Josie Thomas, 37, of Alex City. She is accuseded of 5 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled element, 2nd degree possession of marijuana, pistol without an authorization, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnnie Smoot, 33, of Alex City. He is accuseded of illegal distribution of a regulated substance, failure to pay and failure to appear.

Cornelius Russell, 32, of Alex City. He is charged with four counts of illegal distribution of a controlled compound, 2nd degree belongings of cannabis, possession of drug stuff, and probation violation.

Kobriss McElwrath, 24, of Goodwater. He is accuseded of 3 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled compound.

Audrey Tuck, 24, of Alex City. She is charged with second degree property of marijuana and ownership of drug paraphernalia.

Kelvin Sweetwyne, 20 of Alex City. He is charged with 3 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled element.

More arrests are expected.

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