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3 charged with drug trafficking in Lawrence Co.

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Authorities seized eleven large compressed bricks of marijuana following an investigation. (Photo: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office) Authorities seized eleven large compressed bricks of marijuana following an investigation. (Photo: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Multiple agencies worked together to seize a large quantity of marijuana and arrest three people in connection with drug trafficking on Saturday.

Lawrence County deputies, drug agents, members of the Madison/Morgan Co. STAC Team, Lawrence County District Attorney investigators and Town Creek police officers worked together to arrest Keyvan Jamar Madden of Town Creek, Michael Anthony Qualls of Muscle Shoals and Terrell Leo Abernathy, also of Muscle Shoals. Each person was charged with drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said drug agents began investigating Madden after receiving complaints of possible drug activity at his home on County Road 268. During the investigation, agents reportedly requested assistance from other agencies in conducting surveillance of Madden's residence.

Through the surveillance detail, agents said they saw a vehicle being driven by Qualls arriving at the residence; agents saw another vehicle pull into the driveway and conduct what looked like a drug transaction. Sheriff Mitchell said officers moved in on the residence, but when agents and officers approached, Madden and Qualls ran on foot.

Sheriff Mitchell said the agents and officers quickly apprehended the two subjects, after which agents located two large garbage bags containing eleven large, compressed bricks of marijuana, located in the rear seat of the vehicle Qualls had driven.

According to authorities, the deputies transported the three subjects to the county jail, where they were booked with no bond set at this time. Sheriff Mitchell said the marijuana has a street value of over $40,000.

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