FBI announces bust of meth smuggling ring in the Tennessee Valley

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Thirty-six people in North Alabama were arrested in a massive meth smuggling ring.

Officials say the arrests are a result of an investigation into a Mexican cartel drug trafficking operation. They say the CJNG, an offshoot of the Sinaloa cartel, were funneling meth into the Tennessee Valley. This happened mainly through the mail.

Attorney General Steve Marshall says the cooperation from federal, state, and local agencies led to the arrests made last week.

According to the Department of Justice, the 36 people arrested face a variety of charges including drug trafficking, money laundering, using communication facilities to facilitate drug trafficking and various firearms offenses. The majority were arrested in North Alabama.

More than 20 agencies spanning local, state, and federal agencies and departments took part in the operation. During the investigation, which started in the spring of 2018, over 74 pounds of “ice” methamphetamine, a kilo of cocaine hydrochloride and 46 grams of “crack” cocaine were seized.  Twenty guns were also taken, including two assault rifles and a short barrel shotgun. Some of the guns seized were identified as stolen. Over $123,000 was seized by federal agencies. This amount does not include amounts of money seized and forfeited by state and local agencies.

Participating agencies include:
Drug Enforcement Agency; United States Attorney’s Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms; United States Postal Inspection Service; Office of the Attorney General State of Alabama; Alabama Law Enforcement Agency; Morgan County Sheriff’s Department; Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department; Decatur Police Department; Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department; Colbert County Sheriff’s Department; Franklin County Sheriff’s Department; Russellville Police Department; Marion County Sheriff’s Department; Huntsville Police Department, Cullman County Sheriff’s Department, Madison Police Department, Cullman Police Department, and the Wayne County (Tennessee) Sheriff’s Department.

Arrestees:

Benjamin Howlet, Jr.
Tamarrus Montez King, a/k/a“MeMe,”
Stephanie Nicole McGlathery
Adrian Vasean Howlet, a/k/a “A-1”
Mckendrick Arnez Harris
Brian Oneal Wiggins
William David Lockhart
Michael Tyrell Jones
Eric Leon Sanders
Kenneth Dwight Connie, a/k/a“KC,”
Michael Adrian Butler
Tempestt Rosette Cooper
Melonie Lea Wilburn Drane
Donald Dale Drane
Patrick Lee Scruggs
Anthony Howard Skelton
Roger Buford Lay
David Lee Berry
Kelsey James Madden
Trevon Martez McCoy
Bobby Glenn Scott
Olandis Ray Bates
Erica Michelle Scott
Demetrius Lyndell Hines, a/k/a “Mechee Man”
Will Bryant Hines
Pablo Florintino Garcia
Richard Brown
Jaylen Tremayne Williams
Kyrus Dawon Clay
Lathomas Damondrae Tucker, a/k/a “Daedae Dadon Tucker,”
Tobias Travian Bjorn Mitchell
Joshua Owen Young
Christopher Lee Pugh
Tammy Marquette Bryan
Brandon Ted Dunaway
Jenny Renee Smith
Eric Shane Hutchins, (fugitive)
Quenton Cortez Clay, a/k/a “Quent Rip Chaz Clay,”(fugitive)

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