11 arrested in felony drug operation, 150 grams of heroin seized

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Narcotics unit arrested 11 suspects in Operation Needle Breaker, which is aimed at combating the illegal distribution and trafficking of heroin in Alabama.

“Operation Needle Breaker was developed in an effort to make a direct and significant impact on the sale, distribution, and trafficking of heroin within the northern sectors of the State of Alabama,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. “SBI is committed to continue to team with federal and local partners to disrupt the production and distribution of illegal drugs in our state.”

After pinpointing several heroin distributors, SBI conducted investigations spanning across seven counties in Alabama. They seized 150 grams of heroin, the most they have seized since before 2012.

According to a media release sent from ALEA, the following suspects have been arrested:

• Undrico Dion Ferguson, 38, of Ensley, was charged with One Count Trafficking in Heroin and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail
• Cedric Jones, 28, of Birmingham, was charged with Two Counts Trafficking in Heroin and Three Counts Distribution Heroin and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail
• John Gabriel Furman, 26, Trussville, was charged with Two Counts Distribution Heroin and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail
• Justin Robinson, 28, of Birmingham, was charged with One Count of Trafficking in Heroin and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail
• Fleming Austin Payton, 48, Huntsville, was charged with Two Counts Distribution Heroin and is being held in the Madison County Jail
• Bretton Vaughn, 39, of Athens, was charged with Two Counts Distribution of Heroin and is being held in the Limestone County Jail
• Jonathan M. Sims, 37, of Jasper, was charged with One Count Distribution of Heroin and is being held in the Walker County Jail
• Kevin D. McGhee, 28, of Jasper, was charged with One Count of Distribution of Heroin and One Count Trafficking in Heroin and being held in the Walker County Jail
• Travis Leonard Moore, 27, of Parrish, was charged with One Count Distribution of Heroin and is being held in the Walker County Jail
• Daniel Earl Smith, 32, of Arley, was charged with Two Counts of Distribution of Controlled Substance and is being held in the Winston County Jail
• Casey Champion, 28, of Jacksonville, was charged with One Count of Distribution of Heroin and is being held in the Calhoun County Jail

 

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