Conspiracy to Distribute Meth Discovered
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit, the U-S Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama and the FBI host a press conference at the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. The press conference was concerning the arrests of multiple individuals involved in a large scale trafficking of a methamphetamine operation in Northeast Alabama. Federal and local officials announced today, two illegal aliens serving time in Georgia state prisons and using contraband cell phones directed at least eight people in northeastern Alabama and Chattanooga to carry out a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Eight people now face a federal indictment that they conspired to traffic 50 grams or more of the illegal drug in Cleburne, Etowah, Marshall and DeKalb counties from December 2013 through May this year. A ninth individual faces a separate distribution count in the indictment. A 10th defendant was charged in April with one count of possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine in Cherokee County in August 2014. The charges announced are from a 19-count indictment returned in June and unsealed this month following the arrest of three defendants. One of the remaining six defendants already was in federal custody, and the five others are in jails or state prisons in Georgia and Alabama. FBI Agent Roger Stanton and Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris agree that today’s announcement is due in large part to the efforts of the state and local officers. The FBI’s North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force, with participation of the sheriff’s offices in Etowah, Cherokee, and Dekalb Counties, the Gadsden And Heflin Police Departments, and the District Attorney’s Offices for Cherokee and Etowah counties investigated the case as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program.