36 arrested in North Alabama meth trafficking operation, 2 remain at large

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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.

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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.

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The 36 people arrested face a total of 142 charges and two remain at large.

  1. Benjamin Howlet, Jr.
  2. Tamarrus Montez King, a/k/a “MeMe”
  3. Stephanie Nicole McGlathery
  4. Adrian Vasean Howlet, a/k/a “A-1"
  5. McKendrick Arnez Harris
  6. Brian O'Neal Wiggins
  7. William David Lockhart
  8. Michael Tyrell Jones
  9. Eric Leon Sanders
  10. Kenneth Dwight Connie, a/k/a “KC"
  11. Michael Adrian Butler
  12. Tempestt Rosette Cooper
  13. Melonie Lea Wilburn Drane
  14. Donald Dale Drane
  15. Patrick Lee Scruggs
  16. Anthony Howard Skelton
  17. Roger Buford Lay
  18. David Lee Berry
  19. Kelsey James Madden
  20. Trevon Martez McCoy
  21. Bobby Glenn Scott
  22. Olandis Ray Bates
  23. Erica Michelle Scott
  24. Demetrius Lyndell Hines, a/k/a “Mechee Man”
  25. Will Bryant Hines
  26. Pablo Florentino Garcia
  27. Richard Brown
  28. Jaylen Tremayne Williams
  29. Kyrus Dawon Clay
  30. LaThomas Damondrae Tucker, a/k/a “Daedae Dadon Tucker”
  31. Tobias Travian Bjorn Mitchell
  32. Joshua Owen Young
  33. Christopher Lee Pugh
  34. Tammy Marquette Bryan
  35. Brandon Ted Dunaway
  36. Jenny Renee Smith
  37. Eric Shane Hutchins, (FUGITIVE)
  38. Quentin Cortez Clay, a/k/a “Quent RIP Chaz Clay” (FUGITIVE)

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