SHEFFIELD, Ala. – Knocking on doors began just before sunrise Friday morning across northwest Alabama. Law enforcement agencies were serving arrest warrants – the results of lengthy drug investigations.
It’s being called one of the largest arrest roundups in recent Colbert County history. Both the Sheffield Police Department and Colbert County Drug Task Force have been working parallel drug investigations for months.
Every available law enforcement agency in northwest Alabama fanned out, aiding one another in serving arrest warrants.
Sheffield police began their drug operation 10-months ago, attempting to help clean up the streets.
“It’s kind of a mixed thing,” stated Chief Greg Ray. “Because you are proud you got to catch that many people but it is also kind of sad that you had that many people to catch. But we are proud of the work that the officers and detectives have done on this.”
In September, Sheffield police presented the investigation to a Colbert County grand jury; 40-people were indicted on 47-drug related charges.
At the same time, the Colbert County Drug Task Force presented the cases they have been working. The grand jury handed down arrest warrants for 40-additional people.
Chief Ray says these operations will be on-going. “We’ve already started another operation already, and hopefully in another few months we’ll be having another round-up. I hate to say that, but you’ve got to do it.”
Ray said his department is working to take back the streets, and free their residents from drug related issues.
Authorities say the people who are not arrested on Friday morning will likely be picked up in the coming days. As of Friday afternoon more than a dozen arrests have been made through the round-up.