3 Drug Traffickers arrested after 4 month investigation

David Leigh (center), Bradley Gipson (left), and Matthew McGaha (right) are charged with drug trafficking. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office).
David Leigh (center), Bradley Gipson (left), and Matthew McGaha (right) are charged with drug trafficking. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office).

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Back in October of 2013 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators began collecting information on a group of men in western area of Jefferson County who were allegedly purchasing large amounts of ICE/Methamphetamine from a dealer in Atlanta, Georgia. The men would then bring the drugs back to sell locally. After months of investigating, officials had enough information to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the 4600 block of Birmingport Road in Mulga.

The warrant was executed on February 28th of this year. During the search, deputies found 19 ounces of methamphetamine, heroin, and GHB inside the residence. In a release sent out by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, officials point out that methamphetamine is usually sold or used by the gram. With deputies collecting 19 ounces worth of them, that resulted in seizure of 532 individual doses of the different forms of methamphetamines. Street value of the drugs seized is believed to be $106,500.

As a result of the investigation and the drugs collected, three men have been arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. The three are: David Leigh, Bradley Gipson, and Matthew McGaha.

  • David Leigh, 34, of Mulga, has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine. (Bond: $152,000)
  • Bradley Gipson, 23, of Edgewater, has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine. (Bond: $52,500)
  • Matthew McGaha, 32, of Morris has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine. (Bond: $50,000)

McGaha has posted bond and has since been released. Gipson and Leigh both remain in the Jefferson County Jail.

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