A huge drug bust in Colbert County — nearly half a pound of cocaine is off the streets. That’s nearly eight times the amount needed to charge a person with drug trafficking.
It’s the largest cocaine bust in recent history for the area. Alabama Beverage Control board agents were patrolling in Colbert County when a car ran a stop sign and nearly collided with an agent’s car.
ABC agents say 40-year-old Michael Whiteside was a passenger in the car. Officers say Whiteside tried to hide a bag full of drugs and a scale. Then, Whiteside tried to run from officers and he was tazed three times before he surrendered to the drug enforcement agents.
A lieutenant with the ABC board says the amount of cocaine seized is very unusual, and since he’s been with the board, his agents have never found this amount of drugs at one time.
The street value for the drug is more than $28,000.
Whiteside is charged with trafficking, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver of the car received two traffic tickets.