MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Several suspected drug traffickers were busted when a Madison County a SWAT team and narcotics agents raided two different spots in North Huntsville at the same time.
Large amounts of marijuana were seized.
At 5 a.m. on Wednesday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and SWAT team hit two locations simultaneously. One was in the 3400 block of Venona Avenue where officers found 3.5 pounds of marijuana and a firearm, according to a press release.
Nathaniel Fletcher, 41, and Devon Fields, 24, were arrested and charged with Trafficking Marijuana.
The other raid happened in a neighborhood on East Arbor Drive and 14 pounds of high grade marijuana were found along with three guns, the sheriff's office said.
Demetris Mitchell, 29, who was arrested and charged with Trafficking Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Percocet), and Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Firearm.
The Madison-Morgan County Strategic Counterdrug Team, commonly known as STAC, released more information on one of their recent busts that also helped put a dent in the flow of drugs onto the streets.
Last week, agents received information that a woman was driving a white BMW with California tags in the Huntsville area with a substantial amount of marijuana.
The car was spotted and pulled over at a local hotel in Northeast Huntsville. The three people inside the vehicle, MiMi Chen, Eason Liu, and Peng Fei Len, were arrested and charged with trafficking.
According to the task force commander, Sgt. Eddie Houk, officers found nine pounds of high grade marijuana worth $80,000 in a suitcase in their car, as well as nearly $6,000 cash.
Drug task force officials say the trio traveled from California and made their first stop in Atlanta to drop off drugs, then came to Huntsville to deliver the rest. According to Sgt. Houk, it wasn't their trip across the country making those kinds of deliveries.
The STAC team is a specialized, highly-trained unit. It's collaborative effort combining the resources of more than a dozen full-time experienced undercover drug agents and support staff from the cities of Huntsville, Madison and Decatur, along with the sheriff's departments in Madison and Morgan Counties, federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents and attorneys and investigators with the Madison County District Attorney's Office.
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