MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) - Months of undercover work and illicit drug buys came to a conclusion early Wednesday morning. Lawrence County authorities served some 37 arrest warrants.
The April Fools' Day got off to a very early start for more than three dozen Lawrence County residents who all face grand jury indictments for drug-related offenses. The Lawrence County Drug Task Force recently wrapped up a number of long term investigations that resulted in 37 indictments for drug trafficking, distribution, possession and even manufacturing. Wednesday morning's round-up involved sheriff's deputies, the District Attorney's Office and officers from police departments in Moulton, Town Creek, Hillsboro, Courtland and North Courtland.
"Why don't you go home with your camera?" a woman yelled at us during one of the arrests.
Sheriff Mitchell says in an ideal world, he'd never see these people again.
"Folks that are in the drug trade, and especially using the drugs, they don't want help, they don't get help until they bottom out," he said. "Many of them, getting arrested is the best thing that ever happened to them because it's out of that that they're able to get help and the family that's been trying to get them to get help can finally get them to agree to it and they go get help."
But in the real world, he knows many of them will go right back to what they were doing. They're what some investigators refer to as job security.
"I know you've got something you want to say."
"I do got plenty but let me get out and I'll holler at 'cha," said one of the people being led into the Lawrence County Jail.
Sheriff Mitchell says some of the investigations stretched across into neighboring counties. He says authorities in those areas are working closely with them to add to those arrests.