PAIN Team Bringing Relief to Russell County

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  Over the past few weeks, the newly formed Phenix City/Russell County joint narcotics task force has made a huge dent in the local drug business, bringing down several meth labs and getting thousands of dollars worth of drugs off the streets.

"They have made 49 arrests and served 54 warrants. As far as the assets and the drugs, we've had a total of $51, 469 in value in drugs recovered and we've had $33,885 in assets seized in just that short amount of time," said Lieutenant Heath Taylor with the Russell County Sheriff's Office.

Now, the unit has a new name- it's PAIN for Partners against Illegal Narcotics. Think of them as the aspirin for the headache drug dealers create in the community.

"We're not causing pain. It's the drug dealers causing pain and we're the relief for that," Taylor said.

Just this week, the PAIN team arrested 29-yearr-old Anthony Champion who brought a two-year-old child with him to make a drug deal at the Phenix City Piggly Wiggly on 280.

Officials say the unit will continue to bring that kind of relief to the area.

"These guys are out there working long hard hours and I think it's paying off for our community," added Taylor.

Police are still looking for 24-year-old Donte Suggs from Columbus in relation to the drug bust at the Phenix City Piggly Wiggly on 280 this week.

Suggs has several warrants against him.

Anyone with information should contact the Phenix City Police Department or the Russell County Sheriff's Office.