HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Federal agents along with members of the Madison and Morgan County drug task force arrested 20 people in a drug-trafficking conspiracy operation out of Huntsville. The operation has been in the area since at least 2010.
Cortez Deaundra “Tez” Carr, 33, and Tyris Terville “Black” Carr, 38, were charged with the cocaine and marijuana conspiracies. The two are brothers from Huntsville. The investigation, which began in 2010, identified Cortez Carr as the leader of the distribution rings.
“This case will have a lasting positive impact on the cities of Huntsville, Madison and Decatur, by removing a major drug-trafficking operation from this area,” said Sgt. Dewane McCarver, Madison-Morgan County High Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area Task Force Commander. “I am proud to have worked with all of the agencies involved.”
The defendants are part of drug rings distributing marijuana and power and crack cocaine. Quincy Tywy Ellington, 36, is expected to surrender in Atlanta where he lives. Authorities are purposing a final defendant, who has not been identified.
“Today’s arrests dismantle a narcotics operation that spread from Atlanta to Birmingham, as well as from Huntsville and Decatur to Gadsden,” said Richard D. Schwein Jr, FBI Special Agent in charge. “The law abiding citizens who live in the areas targeted in this morning’s investigations have their neighborhood back.”
Investigators are still looking for Robert Young in connection with the drug-trafficking ring. Any information on Young should be directed to the FBI tip line at 256-539-1711 or Huntsville Police Department at 256-722-7100.
On March 15, 2010, Cortez was charged with separate counts of possessing with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine and possessing a firearm. Between August and September 2010, Cortez was charged with six counts of distributing more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and one count of distributing more than 280 grams of crack.
Conspiring to possess and distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $4 million fine. Conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine is a minimum mandatory five years and a minimum 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison, which must be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed for the crime.
The FBI, Madison-Morgan County HIDTA Task Force, Huntsville, Madison and Decatur police departments, Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Alabama Department of Public Safety, federal Drug Enforcement Administration, and Madison County and Morgan County sheriff’s departments and district attorney’s offices investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terence O’Rourke is prosecuting the case.
Of the 22 defendants, 20 are from Huntsville. In addition to Cortez and Tyris Carr the defendants are: brothers Tommy “Ronald” Childs III, 51 and Eric Dewayne “Twin” or “Look-a-like” Childs, 42; Christopher David “Chris Wheeler” Sanders, 33; Corey Todd “Black Boy” Thompson, 25; Gregory Lavar “Greedy G” Hampton, 35; Michael Wayne Burton, 45; Travis Sanital Washington, 31; Deonta Lajuan Turner, 30; Terrence Lavelle “Wolf” Melton, 36; John Earnest Moore Jr., 27; Charles Colvin Copeland, 44; Cornelius Antonio Carter, 30; Frederick Lee Maples, 46; Monica Champaler Toney, 35; Darral Demetrias Walter, 38; Keenan Jermaine Shephard, 33; and an unidentified defendant, referred as FNU “Renay” LNU, age unavailable.
- Anna Faulk