HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Federal officials said they arrested 36 people across the Tennessee Valley last week in a massive meth trafficking bust.
The arrests were made Oct. 9. WHNT News 19 saw vans of people taken to the Morgan County Jail and later to the federal courthouse in Huntsville to face charges.
Authorities said the arrests were made as part of an investigation into a meth trafficking operation where the Mexican cartel CJNG -- an offshoot of the Sinaloa cartel -- was funneling methamphetamine into the area. Law enforcement members including Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner and Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard recently took a covert trip to Mexico to gather intelligence about how drugs are making their way to the U.S.
"We will chase them to the end of the earth to make sure they are brought to justice," said DEA agent, Clay Morris.
Authorities conducting the operation seized almost 75 pounds of meth and a kilo of cocaine.
"I think the public needs to understand these criminals don't care about you, they don't care about your children. They care about the 20 dollar bill someone is going to give them to buy some drugs that will destroy lives," said Agent Morris.
The 36 people arrested face a total of 142 charges and two remain at large.
- Benjamin Howlet, Jr.
- Tamarrus Montez King, a/k/a “MeMe”
- Stephanie Nicole McGlathery
- Adrian Vasean Howlet, a/k/a “A-1"
- McKendrick Arnez Harris
- Brian O'Neal Wiggins
- William David Lockhart
- Michael Tyrell Jones
- Eric Leon Sanders
- Kenneth Dwight Connie, a/k/a “KC"
- Michael Adrian Butler
- Tempestt Rosette Cooper
- Melonie Lea Wilburn Drane
- Donald Dale Drane
- Patrick Lee Scruggs
- Anthony Howard Skelton
- Roger Buford Lay
- David Lee Berry
- Kelsey James Madden
- Trevon Martez McCoy
- Bobby Glenn Scott
- Olandis Ray Bates
- Erica Michelle Scott
- Demetrius Lyndell Hines, a/k/a “Mechee Man”
- Will Bryant Hines
- Pablo Florentino Garcia
- Richard Brown
- Jaylen Tremayne Williams
- Kyrus Dawon Clay
- LaThomas Damondrae Tucker, a/k/a “Daedae Dadon Tucker”
- Tobias Travian Bjorn Mitchell
- Joshua Owen Young
- Christopher Lee Pugh
- Tammy Marquette Bryan
- Brandon Ted Dunaway
- Jenny Renee Smith
- Eric Shane Hutchins, (FUGITIVE)
- Quentin Cortez Clay, a/k/a “Quent RIP Chaz Clay” (FUGITIVE)