Residents concerned with safety after major drug bust

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan police seized nearly a million dollars in narcotics and firearms in a drug bust Friday.

The raid happened in Ashford, where officers executed a search warrant at 107 Grimsley Dr. and found 25 kilograms of cocaine along with two rifles and two handguns. The cocaine alone is estimated to be worth more than $800,000.

“The taking of 25 kilograms of cocaine off the streets for an area like Dothan is pretty significant that’s a lot of weight and a lot of money, we are happy to get that off the street,” Capt. Will Benny said.

While one of the suspects — Muta Takir Bolden — was from the Dothan, the other three are from along the US-Mexican border in Texas. Kenneth Nicholas De La Cerda, 24, and Alberto Diaz Jr., 42, are both from Rio Grande City while Jesus Pina Jr. is from Penitas.

“I didn’t know, and I didn’t have any affiliation with what was going on; they haven’t talked to me,” said Richard Bolden, uncle of Muta Bolden. “I don’t know anything.”

Richard said he and his sister have lived at 107 Grimsley Drive in Ashford.

“I take care of my sister,” Bolden said. “Me and my sister been living here for seven to eight years. I’m not precise how long,”

Many of the residents were afraid to speak to speak with WDHN out of concerns over their own safety. 

All four were charged with drug trafficking and booked into the Dothan City Jail with no bond until getting transferred to the Houston County Jail.

Dothan police wrote in a Facebook post that this raid was the result of a month’s work of investigating “the sale of drugs in Dothan and the surrounding area.”

Dothan Police Vice Investigators, Dothan Police K9 Units, and the Dothan Police SRT Unit collaborated in this investigation.

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