HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Madison County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Investigators held a news conference on Tuesday morning.
One person was arrested Monday on drug and gun charges after a traffic stop. They said the suspect was armed with a gun at the time of the stop.
Authorities arrested 21-year-old Bryan Jeffrey Byrd and charged him with trafficking narcotics.
When investigators searched the Byrd's home on the 1200 block of Wells Ave., they discovered prescription drugs, dozens of guns, and money. Authorities said Byrd told them about a storage facility where he had more guns.
Authorities seized a total of $9,000 in cash, 11 handguns and 10 shotguns, and 540 Oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $16,200. Investigators said Byrd was using fake prescriptions to obtain the pills.
Investigators believe getting the guns off the streets will make those streets safer, as the distribution of narcotics is a violent business, and dealers use guns to protect themselves and their money.
"There are three distinct groups in the drug world," said Lieutenant Michael Salomonski. "You have the group that sells; the dealers. You have the group that consumes, and then the third group is the ones who float around on the street who seek to rob the drug dealers. They actually do surveillance the same way we do. They can figure out where they're holding their drugs or their money, then they strike."
Investigators said some of the guns were traded for drugs and others were bought with drug money. They are also looking into the possibility that this case is connected to a break-in at a Limestone County gun store.