Local and federal law enforcement have arrested five Talladega natives as part of a three year drug trafficking conspiracy investigation. According to U.S. Attorney Jay Town, Patrick McSwain, Amanda Connell, Kelvin Chatam, Lashonda White, and Flemmings Chatman have all been charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs including heroin, meth, and cocaine between May 2017 and July 2019. There are other people from other states involved in this arrest. McSwain is allegedly one of the leaders of the drug trafficking organization who was arrested in July by DEA agents after meeting with a drug courier.
The agents discovered 16 kilogram of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin in McSwain’s vehicle during the arrest. As a part of the investigation, the DEA and other law enforcement agencies have seized a total of 81 kilograms of methamphetamine, 22 kilograms for cocaine, 11 kilograms of heroin, two kilograms of fentanyl, and 150 pounds of marijuana. The maximum penalty for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance is life in prison.