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FCSO arrests more than 50 in year-long narcotics investigation

A collaborative effort among local law enforcement resulted in 55 arrests – which authorities hope leads to less drug trafficking in Franklin County streets.

Arrests were made Jan. 14, with more than 80 grand jury indictments/arrest warrants being issued for subjects involved with or related to the investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing, and authorities said there are expected to be more arrests in the upcoming weeks.

Over the past year, investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office and Russellville Police Department assigned to the ALEA Region E drug Task Force conducted an extensive investigation with the help of other narcotics units in the area.

“Working to stop drugs is a hard job just due to the nature of it, so the only way law enforcement can get things done is by working together,” said Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett.

The 55 total arrests that day were booked into the Franklin County Jail. Six additional felony drug charges were made, and three individuals were taken into custody who were wanted by other agencies.

The agencies that collaborated on this effort were the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, Franklin County district Attorney’s office, Russellville Police, Red Bay Police, the State Bureau of Investigation, Region E drug Task Force, Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole, K9 Unit, Enforcement Division, Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force, Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office, Marion County Sheriff, Colbert County Sheriff, Morgan County Sheriff, Lauderdale County Sheriff and Colbert County drug Task Force.

The following people were arrested as a result of the investigation:

• Alton Witt – possession of controlled substance

Jeremy Motes – drug trafficking and possession of controlled substance

Madison Davis – chemical endangerment of child
Dallas Terry – conspiracy to commit controlled substance crime

Cornelius Spangler – drug trafficking and possession of marijuana, first degree

Alysia Uzdil – chemical endangerment of child and possession of controlled substance

Horace Mullins – drug trafficking

Joni Baker – promoting prison contraband–drugs

Andy Fisher – distribution of controlled substance

Thomas Hatton – possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

Kimberly Lafine – possession of controlled substance

Frankie Vandiver – distribution of controlled substance

Jason Thomas – possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia

Axcel Lastra – possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute

Jerry Mcgee – possession of controlled substance

Pamela Suggs – drug trafficking

Peter Steien – possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute

Tamra Smith – conspiracy to commit controlled substance crime

Shane Riddle – distribution of controlled substance

Joshua Cameron – possession of controlled substance, burglary third degree and theft first degree

Christie Ford – two counts distribution of controlled substance

Steven Pennington – distribution of controlled substance

Jessica Brackin – probation/parole violation–drug offenses

Robert Terry – probation/parole violation–drug offenses

Tevin Cross – drug trafficking, possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana first degree

Jerry Green – escape first degree and drug offense

Moises Lucas – two counts possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

David Jackson – distribution of controlled substance

Silvester Tolentino-Hernandez – possession of controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia

Willie Hamilton – drug trafficking

Skylar Hall – possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

James Coleman – distribution of controlled substance

James Fuller – possession of controlled substance

William Vandiver – possession of controlled substance and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia

Raymond Perez – possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

Cassie Cummings – chemical endangerment of child

John Whitlock – possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

Jeffery Baker – possession of controlled substance, arson and escape first degree

Payton Fretwell – four counts possession of controlled substance, attempt to elude, resisting arrest

Sabrina Johnson – probation/parole violation–drug offense

Brandy Brooks – chemical endangerment of child

Angela Perrigin – possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

Steven Pierce – distribution of controlled substance

David Presley – two counts possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana second degree

Erica Strickland – drug trafficking

Justin Williams – chemical endangerment of child

Stacy Hester – possession of controlled substance

Brooke Michael – chemical endangerment of child

Jason Bray – two counts possession of controlled substance and carrying brass knuckles

Huruy Gebrewalde – distribution of controlled substance

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