TENNESSEE VALLEY, (WHNT) – It’s called Project Synergy. More than 35 state, local and federal law enforcement agencies were working with the Drug Enforcement Agency in a national synthetic drug takedown.
There were raids in ten Alabama counties as part of the operation. So far, the operation is being called a huge success.
Months of cooperation between local, state and federal authorities, pays off in a big way with more than 38 people arrested, so far. Authorities were able to seize more than 200 pounds of synthetic drugs or spice, $500,000 in cash and bank accounts, and 19 guns.
Governor Robert Bentley tweeted about the success of the operation after a news conference in Montgomery.
Of the ten counties where raids were carried out, three are in north Alabama — Morgan, DeKalb and Madison Counties.
Four people were arrested and booked into the Huntsville Madison County Metro Jail. All four face drug trafficking charges.
Seven people were arrested in raids in Fort Payne and across DeKalb County. They all face charges ranging from conspiracy, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
And in Morgan County, agents had four targets during the raids. They searched a convenience store on West Moulton Street, two homes, and a storage building.
And apparently they found what they were looking for, because they did seize evidence.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, we were told that no arrests have been made in Morgan County in connection with the raids, but warrants have been issued and authorities are looking for several people.