15 arrested in River Region drug raid - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

15 arrested in River Region drug raid

(SOURCE: MGN ONLINE / DEA) (SOURCE: MGN ONLINE / DEA)

Law enforcement arrested 15 people, executed five federal search warrants and seized over a pound of "ice" methamphetamine, over 30 firearms, nearly $13,000 in cash and several vehicles that were being used to transport illegal drugs, through a joint effort by federal, state and local authorities. 

Six of the 15 people arrested were arrested by the federal government for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Those arrested federally were Mark "Mighty Whitey" Elliott, 50 years old, of Deatsville; William "Bill" Elliott, 57 years old, of Deatsville; Wendell "Cain" Gaskin, 40 years old, of Deatsville; Willie C. Moody, 64 years old, of Montgomery; William Christopher Moody, 36 years old, of Montgomery; and Mark Allen Vinson, 43 years old, of Elmore.  Mark "Mighty Whitey" Elliott, William "Bill" Elliott, Wendell "Cain" Gaskin, and Mark Vinson were all detained without bond pending trial.  Willie C. Moody and Christopher Moody were allowed a bond while awaiting trial. 

During this raid, nine of the 15 people were arrest by the State of Alabama for various drug crimes.  Those arrested on State of Alabama charges were: Brandon Fuller, of Wetumpka, arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance and given a $5,000 bond; Faye Diane Allen of Wetumpka, arrested for three counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $30,000 bond; Bobby Roten of Millbrook, arrested for three counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $30,000 bond; Paul Bryant of Montgomery, arrested for two counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $20,000 bond; Caleb Elliott of Deatsville, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, and given a $1,000,000 bond; Brandon Horton of Wetumpka, arrested for two counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $20,000 bond; Lindsey Lawrence of Deatsville, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, and given a $250,000 bond; Haley Dallas Hamrac of Deatsville, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and given a $1,500,000 bond; and Michael Lee Smith of Atmore, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of controlled substance, and unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, and given a $515,000 bond.

Along with the arrests, law enforcement executed five federal search warrants, two in Montgomery, two in the Deatsville area of Autauga County, and one in the Central community in Elmore County.  During the search warrants, law enforcement found lots of evidence of drug dealing including methamphetamine, firearms, cash and other items indicative of drug dealing.

According to the search warrant affidavit, Mark "Mighty Whitey" Elliott is a captain in the Aryan Brotherhood, a powerful prison gang with white supremacy beliefs.  Elliott has tattoos of Swastikas, the words "White Power" and SS in lightning bolts on his body, all tattoos that indicate membership in the Aryan Brotherhood.  Also, several individuals in this case have used violence, threats of violence and intimidation to further its drug dealing and to collect money.

"This investigation highlights the importance of our law enforcement partnerships," stated Clay X. Morris, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  "Without the combined efforts of the law enforcement agencies involvement in the investigation, this organization would have continued to distribute pound quantities of methamphetamine throughout central Alabama.  This investigation should send a clear and resounding message that we will not allow our communities to be poisoned by drugs or hate." 

"This investigation is more evidence that ATF's commitment to combating violent crime is unwavering," stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton.  "We will utilize every resource to make our communities safer places to live." 

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.  However, if convicted, the six federal arrestees are facing a minimum of ten years in jail and a maximum prison term of life.  In the federal system, there is no parole.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Elmore County Sheriff's Office, the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Central Alabama Drug Task Force, the Autauga County Sherriff's Office, the Wetumpka Police Department, the Prattville Police Department, Millbrook Police Department and the Montgomery Police Department.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Middle District of Alabama

  • NewsMore>>

  • Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

    Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:37 AM EST2018-02-23 15:37:22 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 10:57 PM EST2018-02-24 03:57:57 GMT
    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives. (Source: NCAA)Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives. (Source: NCAA)

    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to...

    More >>

    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

    More >>
  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 10:56 PM EST2018-02-24 03:56:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>
  • After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 10:55 PM EST2018-02-24 03:55:34 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    More >>

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly