Law enforcement officers from several agencies began Wednesday rounding up 46 people indicted on drug charges. The allegations were brought by a Houston County Grand Jury that issued the indictments last week.
"We were up at 5 o'clock this morning to get these people arrested and some of them were quite surprised when they heard a knock on the door," said Dothan Police Major Steve Parrish. The department he represents joined with officers from the Houston County Sheriff's Office, the Alabama Alcohol Control Board, and others in the round-up.
Houston County Sheriff Andy R. Hughes praised the cooperative spirit between agencies and gave special thanks to Houston County District Attorney's Office. "(D.A.) Doug Valeska provided the funds to make drug buys during the undercover investigation," Hughes said.
Hughes said the investigation began in November, 2012. In all, he said, more than 70 crimes were identified resulting in the indictments. As of late Wednesday morning 31 defendants were in custody, a number expected to grow over the next few days. "Because these people have already been indicted they will go straight to trial," said Hughes. Almost all charges are drug-related including those involving cocaine, marijuana, meth, and prescription drugs.
Parrish, referring to multi-agency cooperation, quoted U.S. President Harry Truman. "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."