21 suspected drug traffickers arrested on federal and state charges in Wiregrass area


ENTERPRISE, Ala.– A long-term federal drug and money laundering investigation based out of Dothan and Enterprise has led to the arrest of 21 suspected drug traffickers on federal and state charges.

Many law enforcement agencies holding a press conference at Enterprise City Hall Friday morning.

“We are talking about Coffee County Alabama. We are talking about Houston County Alabama

and people are distributing or being caught with kilo quantities of methamphetamine and heroin,” said United States Attorney Lois Franklin.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have uncovered a drug conspiracy that expands three states including Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

 This investigation led to the seizure of firearms and a vehicle equipped with a device to conceal narcotics and involved the distribution or possession with the intent to distribute kilogram quantities of methamphetamine and at least one kilogram of heroin.

“Kilogram quantities of methamphetamine is a large amount for an area like this. A kilogram of heroin is a very large amount for an area like this,” said Franklin.

“We have issued complaints and warrants many of which were served this morning. I want to say last count, 21 individuals,” said District Attorney Tom Anderson.

These arrests follow two federal grand jury indictments that charge five federal defendants with various narcotics trafficking crimes, including conspiracy, distribution and possession of methamphetamine and heroin.

The remaining 16 suspects have been arrested on state related charges.

A majority of the defendants hail from the Coffee County area.

“We’re talking above street level. We’re talking about distributors so this is a good case for my office and for everybody standing up here. We’re taking off people that actually distribute these drugs we’re not taking off low level traffickers,” said Franklin.

“I want to thank every agency involved. This goes to show what can be accomplished when everybody works together when good law enforcement from multiple agencies and multiple areas work hand in hand in going the long step,” said Anderson.

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