HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Police say he is one of the biggest heroin traffickers in Huntsville, and now he’s behind bars.
According to narcotics agents, the suspect was bold and bragging about his crimes and drug dealings online. It set things in motion for investigators to gather enough evidence to take him down.
Drug task force officials say he’s been a “huge problem for the city of Huntsville." Thomas Michael Watson, 28, who is the suspected the head of a heroin trafficking ring.
This week, after months of investigating, the Madison-Morgan County STAC Team, helped by other local, state and federal agencies, dismantled his operation and seized herion, cocaine, and guns.
Watson, STAC team leaders say, had been taunting police on social media but in the end, the tables were turned on him and his large drug organization.
On September 11, 2018, the Madison-Morgan County STAC Team, DEA, ATF, ALEA, Huntsville Police, Huntsville SWAT, Huntsville K-9, and Decatur OCU, executed eight earch warrants in Huntsville.
Drug agents raided the apartment where Watson was staying and his stash houses.
“When you have drugs circulating in your community, it’s not just addictions and some of the by-product criminal activity from those drugs, but it’s violence that we’re dealing with,” said Lt. Michael Johnson, public information officer for the Huntsville Police Department.
Watson is charged with eight counts of trafficking heroin and he is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $2.6 million bond.
“A large portion of our murders and violent criminal activity are a result of this drug dealing. So the message we’re trying to send to these drug dealers is that we’re not going to tolerate it. We don’t just want your drugs and cash. We want the firearms. We want the guns involved because they eventually come into play in some of the violence in our city,” Johnson added.
Bria Sidae Bradford is charged with Trafficking Heroin.
Alphonso High is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin.
Randall Darneil Fletcher is charged with Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana 2nd.
More arrests are coming of other alleged players in his drug operation as the STAC team dontinues to work hard to deal blows to the local drug business.
“It may takes months to do an investigation, but when we take the time to do the investigation right, this is the type of investigatory activity we have. We had a major bust, a lot of guns and drugs were taken out of the flow of commerce for this drug dealer,” Johnson stated.