11 arrested in East Alabama drug operation

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

UNION SPRINGS, AL (WTVM) - The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board teamed up with Bullock County Sheriff's deputies and Union Springs Police Friday morning on a narcotic operation.

These agencies tell News Leader Nine, they have been working since February to get several specific drug dealers off the streets.  Officials worked together to round up almost all of their 14 suspects.

ABC Board Captain Hal Taylor said, "this investigation started by complaints from concerned citizens in Bullock County and Union Springs. The investigation centered on street level dealers and main drug suppliers."

They seized drug paraphernalia, several hundred dollars, drugs, and a car. Officials say the operation was a success.  They now have their target subject, one of the main drug suppliers in the area, in custody.

Bullock County Sheriff Raymond Rodgers explained, "We are dealing with a large drug problem with less workers.  I do not have the man power and the city does not have the man power. Thank God for the ABC Board and other agencies that come in and assist us."

Sheriff Rodgers hopes getting these drug dealers and users off the streets will mean a drop in crime.

Captain John Richardson of the ABC Board said, "I wish I could stand here and say that is the end of it.  But, unfortunately there will be someone that will take his place next week and will set up his or her illegal trade.  We will also continue our fight against it."

ABC officials tell News Leader Nine that Friday's operation was phase one of a multi-phase investigation and more arrests are coming.

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