MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Arrests by the Madison County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division takes some serious drugs off Huntsville Streets.
Sheriff’s investigators arrested Jonathan Miller, pictured on the left, charging him with unlawful possession of the controlled substance Suboxone, a medication typically used for terminal cancer patients, and three counts of distribution of the highly addictive Oxycodone.
Federicko Sierra, pictured on the right, faces charges of trafficking more than 5 grams of heroine.
Sergeant Brian Chaffin says drugs like heroine, with a street value of $250 to $300 per gram, have become a growing trend in our area.
“It was big years ago and it kind of went away but now it is back.”
Chaffin explains these drugs are typically distributed internationally and brought here from larger cities like Chicago.
“Of course, it comes from out of country,” says Chaffin. “Investigations continue every day to determine where it’s coming from, whose bringing it in and how it’s getting here.”
Investigators say both Miller and Sierra were busted by attempting to sell to undercover drug agents. He says the busts are evidence to the fact that exhaustive efforts of undercover agents pay off.
“They are in at 3:30 or 4 o’clock in the morning sometimes working 12, 14, 16, 18, 24 hours straight; they are always out on the street,” explains Chaffin. “The ones that you don’t see are the ones that do most or a lot of the work in law enforcement when it comes to drug investigations.”
Chaffin says hard drugs have no place in Madison County.
“It’s obvious, we know it’s here and we’re going to stop it when it comes.”