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‘Heat Wave’ nets 10 in Coosa Co. drug bust

Published 9:05pm Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ten men are facing drug charges in Coosa County this week after a yearlong investigation into illegal drug activities in the Goodwater area.

The operation – dubbed “Operation Heat Wave” – was executed by the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Reserves and included the execution of three search warrants at three different locations as well as extensive efforts to serve 17 felony warrants associated with the investigation, according to the sheriff’s department.

“The drugs we dealt with mainly on this particular operation were marijuana and crack cocaine,” Sheriff Terry Wilson said. “We confiscated a good amount.”

Those arrested were: Justin Noble Calhoun, possession of drug paraphernalia, bond $2,000; Demetrius Deunta Odem, three counts of unlawful distribution, bond $75,000; Patrick Londell Russell, two counts of unlawful distribution, bond $50,000, and marijuana first degree, bond $25,000; Javarse Dontrell Williams, distribution of controlled substance, bond $45,000; Andre Lamonde Davis, three counts of unlawful distribution, bond $75,000; Martae LaShawn Bradford, unlawful distribution, bond $50,000; Michael Anglyous Dawson, possession of marijuana second degree, bond $2,000; Evellys Louis McKinney, possession of drug paraphernalia, bond $2,000; Willie Alton Williams, two counts of unlawful distribution, bond $50,000; Author Williams, three counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, bond $75,000.

Wilson said the operation dealt both inside and outside the Goodwater city limits.

“Those three search warrants we conducted were within the city limits,” he said.

He said the operation was warranted due to numerous complaints from the citizens of Goodwater, and he thanked the citizens who have reported these illegal activities over the years, stating that he appreciates their patience and encourages them to continue their calls to the department if they suspect these activities in the future.

Wilson thanked all the agencies involved with executing the operation: the Talladega County Drug Task Force, Alexander City’s Special Response Group, Alexander City K9 Units, Goodwater Police Department and Agents from the Alabama ABC Board.

“I’m just extremely proud of all of my guys for getting after these individuals and getting these drugs and these drug dealers off of the streets,” Wilson said.