GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — The Etowah County Drug Task Force announced four arrests today of suspects charged with trafficking methamphetamine and other drugs.
“They’re fighting a war every day on the borders and until we do something on the borders, we’re not going to stop this,” said Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin. He said the drug problem in the United States and in Alabama is pervasive.
“It’s out in the rural parts of the counties, it’s in our small towns and it’s in each and every one of our neighborhoods,” said Entrekin.
He said the county’s number one problem is methamphetamine, but that heroin is close behind it. Heroin, he says, comes to our state across the southern border.
“Taking these kinds of drugs off the streets is going to make a difference,” said Enrekin.
The Sheriff spoke Tuesday at a press conference following the arrests of four individuals accused of trafficking drugs.
Corion Leshon Moore and Khadijah Nashone Byers were arrested Thursday on Gregory Court. They’ve both been charged with trafficking methamphetamine and trafficking heroin as well as possession of a controlled substance the sheriff’s office says is cocaine and possession of marijuana.
Three stolen guns were also recovered there.
At another location on Pulltight Road, Michael Lavonta McKinney and Carrie Fay Drake were also arrested for trafficking methamphetamine and for trafficking methadone.
Officers also recovered more than $2000 and a 9mm handgun.
“This stuff is affecting our community, it’s affecting our kids and our schools. The overdoses that we’re having. So yeah, there’s more out there and we’re going to go out and get it,” said Phil Sims, the Task Force Deputy Commander
Sheriff Entrekin said the task force is doing everything it can to get drugs off the streets of Etowah County, but there’s a lot of work to be done.
“We know that Gadsden Fire is running overdoses daily … It’s a problem and it’s not going away anytime soon,” he said.