Drug

New Wilcox Co. Sheriff Aims to Make a Difference

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Wilcox County Sheriff Larry Colston hit the ground running — when he took office last month. The Camden native brought 30-plus years of law enforcement experience to the job — including 8 years as a deputy — and 4 years with Montgomery PD. He spent the last 20 years as the commander of the Fourth…

DEA Conducts Fentanyl Training in Selma-Dallas Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Law enforcement officers in the Selma and Dallas County area — undergo Fentanyl training at Wallace Community College Selma. The class is designed to teach officers how to recognize — and handle the deadly synthetic opioid. As well as how to treat a person who may have been exposed to the drug. Fentanyl is highly…

Police Finding Fentanyl in Dallas Co. More Frequently

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The deadly drug Fentanyl is being found in the Selma-Dallas County area more frequently over the last few weeks. Now local law enforcement is warning the public about the dangers associated with the synthetic opioid. “We’re starting to see more and more of it,” said Sheriff Mike Granthum. “We’re not seeing pure Fentanyl like a…

26 Arrested In Major Drug Trafficking Operation In Lee County

Authorities have shut down a major drug trafficking operation out of Lee county. Over two dozen people were arrested in what authorities say is one of the largest operation they’ve seen in years. 13 were charged with federal narcotics distribution and money laundering, another 13 are facing state narcotics charges. The criminal operation has been under investigation for 18 months,…

Former New Orleans Saints Star Faces Final Sentence in Drugging Rapes

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Former NFL star Darren Sharper’s tour of shame and punishment reaches its conclusion in the Los Angeles court where he first admitted drugging and raping women in several states. Sharper faces sentencing Tuesday for a pair of rapes about three years ago. The sentence marks the end of prosecutions in four states for the former all-pro safety…

Montgomery Co. Has Two Year Wait for Trial on Drug Cases

The Montgomery County District Attorney says a large backlog of drug cases is burdening the county justice system. District Attorney Daryl Bailey says that a 1,604-case backlog means that anybody arrested for drug-related charges would currently be waiting more than two years for a trial as evidence is processed. Bailey says the state’s budget crisis and staff cuts have caused…

DEA Hopes to Loosen Laws on Marijuana

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to change the laws around marijuana. While there are no major plans to legalize the drug, the type of crime might be changing. Currently, marijuana – both medicinal and recreational – is considered a Schedule I drug. The DEA defines these drugs as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high…

Eight People Arrested in Tallapoosa Co. Drug Investigation

Eight people have been arrested in a massive drug investigation conducted in Tallapoosa County. Officials say the investigation began with a complaint about possible drug activity near Benjamin Russell High School. A lengthy investigation, which included controlled buys from the suspected dealers, eventually lead to a traffic stop on Highway 259, where four suspects were arrested. Those arrests also lead…