'Divine intervention' leads to Madison County drug bust

'Divine intervention' leads to Madison County drug bust
Kenyatta Lamar Wright (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
Kenyatta Lamar Wright (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
Exel Lanier Slaughter (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
Exel Lanier Slaughter (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
Dammon Burton Harden (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)
Dammon Burton Harden (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office)

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Madison County Sheriff's Office executed two warrants this week and removed thousands of dollars worth of illegal pills off the streets.
 
On August 11, Madison County investigators and SWAT executed a warrant at 199 Ed Johnson Rd in Harvest. Authorities said the suspect, Dammon Harden, was "prepared for the police" because all of his doors were heavily fortified with 2x6's.

SWAT took several minutes to open the door. Lt. Mike Salomonsky said once inside, they discovered a large amount of pills that were sitting at the bottom of the toilet. Authorities had to scoop them out of the toilet quickly before they dissolved. Salomonsky called it "divine intervention" that
the pills were still intact when they spotted them in the toilet.
 
"If those pills go down the toilet, our trafficking case and prosecution for the distribution of oxycodone is gone. The evidence is destroyed," said Salomonsky.
 
In addition to the illegal pills, Madison County investigators also recovered an AR-15 rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, and approximately $17,000 in cash. Harden is charged with trafficking and has a $50,000 bond.
 
On August 12, Madison County drug agents executed a search warrant at 6018 Carmel Drive in North Huntsville. According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, they seized 293 oxycodone pills with a street value of more than $8,700.  During the course of the seizure, drug agents came across a marijuana distribution operation. Salomonsky said the warrant's original intent was for the illegal pills and they didn't know about the marijuana until they were inside and spotted the drugs and scales.
 
"If you distribute narcotics in Madison County, Huntsville and place that we work, then we're going to try to apprehend you." said Salomonsky.

Exel Slaughter was charged with trafficking the oxycodone and has a $250,000 bond. Kenyatta Wright is charged with 1st-degree possession of marijuana Bond and has a $2,500 bond.

Authorities said this isn't their first dealing with Exel Slaughter. They said Slaughter was on probation at the time of his arrest. That probation stemmed from a drug charge for 1st-degree possession of marijuana a few years back.a

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