Suspected dealers busted, different drugs seized in 2-day raids

Suspected dealers busted, different drugs seized in 2-day raids
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TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) - A month-long investigation has netted more than a dozen arrests in Tallapoosa County as investigators continue going after suspected drug dealers.

On Thursday and Friday, the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force executed multiple search warrants in the Dadeville and Jacksons Gap area and arrested five people, adding to the list of suspects already facing charges in the ongoing operation.

The search warrants were the result of controlled buys from the suspected dealers, task force leaders said.

During the two-day raids, investigators seized five firearms, a 2002 GMC Yukon and several thousand dollars in cash. Crack cocaine, marijuana, spice (synthetic marijuana), and marijuana were also seized.

"Over the past 48 hours, we have executed multiple search warrants in the Tallapoosa County area, the Jacksons Gap and Dadeville area. We made multiple arrests throughout this time and future arrests are going to happen as well," said Sgt. Fred White, commander of the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force.

James Edgar Benson, 54, of Dadeville, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Firearm,  Possession of a Short Barrel Shotgun and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Carolyn Alvies, 45, of Dadeville, was arrested and charged with: Possession with Intent to Distribute, Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Firearm,  Possession of a Short Barrel Shotgun, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Michael Heard, 46, of Jacksons Gap, was arrested and charged with: two counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 1st degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Terry Wyckoff,  46, of Jacksons Gap, was arrested and charged with: Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kilpatrick McKinney, 34, of Kellyton, was arrested and charged with: Possession of Marijuana 1st degree and Failure to Appear Warrant.

The investigation started in June and the task force has made several significant arrests and executed numerous search warrants. They've seized marijuana, crack cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine, as well as several thousand dollars in cash.

"Since June working this investigation, we've arrested about fifteen individuals," Sgt. White said. "This is an ongoing operation throughout Tallapoosa County to protect the people in the Lake Martin area and the county, folks who have lived here all their lives and grown up here, as well as the kids in the community."

Demetrius Burroughs, 22, of Alexander City, was arrested and charged with: five counts of Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Tiffany Joseph, 29, of Alexander City, was arrested and charged with: Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Leonard Peoples, 37, of Alexander City, was arrested and charged with: Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Damien Hall, 36, of Jacksons Gap, was arrested and charged with: Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Samantha Marchand, 29, of Dadeville, was arrested and charged with: Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Michael Burt, 38, of Goodwater, was arrested and charged with: Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, Tallassee Police Department, Alexander City Police Department, Jackson Gap Police Department, Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department and Dadeville Police Department assisted in the investigation and search warrants.

On the west side of the Tallapoosa River, narcotics officers say they see more crystal methamphetamine use and on the east side of the river, they tend to see more crack cocaine and marijuana use.

"Over the past few months, we've seen crack make a comeback. For a while, it has not been as prevalent as it is now. Methamphetamine had become the drug of choice but we're starting to see that sway a little bit and crack is starting to show back up," White said.

Deputy Chief James Easterwood of the Alexander City Police Department touted the efforts of the task force in their ongoing crackdown and successful investigation.

"We've been actively seeking arrests in this investigation since the beginning of June. Seventy-five percent of the thefts and property crimes within our area are related to drugs and all of it needs to be stopped," Easterwood said. "If you're dealing with drugs within Tallapoosa County, sooner or later you will be caught."

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