EXCLUSIVE: Large drug bust in Lee Co. leads to 1 arrest - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

EXCLUSIVE: Large drug bust in Lee Co. leads to 1 arrest

Mtthew Michael Merchant. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Mtthew Michael Merchant. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
The scene of the drug bust in Lee County, AL on Monday, Jan. 26. (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM) The scene of the drug bust in Lee County, AL on Monday, Jan. 26. (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM)
LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A massive meth bust in Lee County could be the reason why many residents reported hearing a helicopter flying low over your homes on Monday, leading to one arrest.

One raid on Highway 169 near The Villa on Monday shows the size and scale of the drug bust that began early Monday morning.

Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) arrested a Lee County man as part of an ongoing operation on Monday, Jan. 26.

SBI Agents along with the ALEA Aviation and Tactical Teams, Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Opelika Police Department, Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese, and Lee County Sheriff's Office, executed search warrants at two Lee County locations that resulted in the seizure of half a pound of methamphetamine, priced at a street value of $20,000, several rifles/shotguns, several thousands dollars in U.S. currency, and the arrest of Matthew Marchant.

Marchant, 27, was charged with one count possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Marchant was arrested without incident and transported to Lee County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Sheriff Jay Jones says no one was injured during the multiple raids on Monday and agents did find what they were looking for.

The story is developing, stay tuned to News Leader 9 for more details.

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