Authorities Find Thousands Of Dollars In Drugs In Rutledge Home


By Catalina Trivino

An exclusive story from Crenshaw County -- a Rutledge man is in custody after County deputies say he was dealing thousands of dollars of drugs from his home.

Crenshaw County investigators say Marcus Yelder was trafficking everything from marijuana to crack cocaine from inside his home. We've got exclusive photos from the raid and Yelder turning himself in.

It's video you'll only see on Alabama News Network -- this is Marcus Yelder turning himself into Crenshaw County deputies after hours of searching for him. He's been charged with Trafficking Marijuana, Possesion of a Controlled Substance, and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

"Heavy traffic was going in and out of that neighborhood and to that residence," Said Crenshaw County investigator, Ashley Paul.

Here's what they found: over 2 lbs.of marijuana, along with several grams of crack cocaine and powder cocaine. Investigators say that's at least $7,000 in street value. They also found a gun and $200 in cash.

"It's some long hours involved in this operation and it's time-consuming, but it is to help our community," Said Paul.

Photos released by the sheriff's office show deputies, Luverne Police and Drug Task Force agents investigating Yelder's Rutledge home. Deputies say they found most of the marijuana inside the refrigerator. They say some was wrapped with a jacket in a bedroom. Investigators say the powder and crack cocaine were found in mason jars in a kitchen cabinet.

"The drugs are a problem in our county, as well as other counties, it goes to a lot of thefts, people breaking in to support their habit. It's an ongoing problem and we are going to continue to fight it," Said investigator, Mike Johnson.
Chief investigator, Mike Johnson, says about 50 percent of the crimes sherriff's deputies get are drug related. He says he's glad Yelder turned himself in.

Authorties say to fight the drug problem, report things you see or hear that seem out of the ordinary. That may indicate suspicious activity. Deputies are also asking you to be aware of the traffic that is coming in and out of your neighborhood.

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