Two Charged with Drug Trafficking; Immigration Status in Question
DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Two men face federal drug trafficking charges and are accused of importing crystal methamphetamine from Mexico to a community near Boaz.
“This is pure crystal meth, it’s the good Mexican meth that they’re famous for. It’s not the one-pot yellow looking stuff. This is good stuff,” DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.
“America has got an appetite for meth, and Mexico supplies the meth. So the market’s over here so they’re going to bring it over here to make money. It’s just a full circle.”
A circle that can continue even after deportation. Harris said a team of DeKalb County deputies, Marshall County deputies, and agents from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force arrested 29-year-old Fernando Castro Alanis and 25-year-old Osblando Castro Alanis.
Sheriff Harris said the men were already in a computer database of offenders and he believes they were previously deported, only to return to continue selling drugs.
We see that a lot when we make arrests, especially on these drug dealers that are into it in a big way,” Sheriff Harris said. “They get deported…and they make their way back.”
Harris said the ongoing investigation of the Castro Alanises led deputies and FBI agents to the Aroney community, just north of Boaz. Investigators searched a home on County Road 933 and a K-9 unit found two ounces of crystal meth hidden in the home.
Those two ounces are worth approximately $4,000, and deputies seized $1,600 cash. They also seized an unregistered firearm, but Harris did not specify the type of gun.
“You’re in the country illegally, with a firearm, you’re selling meth, and you may be high on meth. It’s a big concern and we’re glad to get that off the street.”
He said he hopes the suspects will be deported, but he believes the only thing to keep them from sneaking back and selling again is to keep them in prison. The sheriff said his deputies and the FBI are continuing the investigation to see who else may be involved.
Deputies also arrested 21-year-old Miguel Angel Ramos during Thursday’s search and seizure. He is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.