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Authorities serve multiple drug warrants at Southtown housing complex

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Authorities arrested 45 people on drug charges at the Southtown public housing community in Birmingham Friday morning. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC Authorities arrested 45 people on drug charges at the Southtown public housing community in Birmingham Friday morning. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to serve drug warrants during a raid Friday morning at the Southtown public housing complex.

Birmingham Police launched Operation Broken Arrow around 9:30 a.m., serving search warrants and arrest warrants at the housing community off of University Blvd. near St. Vincent's Hospital.

At least five people were arrested, but officers expect that number to grow as they continue to locate suspects. Police said most of the charges are for crack cocaine.

Dozens of Southtown residents complained to law enforcement about the drug activity in the housing community.

"When you have a lot of complaints and citizens calling, we have to send the message this type of behavior, this type of activity, the Birmingham Police Department...we are not going to tolerate it," Lt. Sean Edwards said. "When you have an operation like this and you come in with a strong presence it really sends the message to the negative element."

Birmingham Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office joined forces to carry out the operation.

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