Authorities confiscated these weapons and more at an early morning raid on Macedonia Street. | Austin Nelson

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Police seize cash, 25 firearms in raid

Published 3:05pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Three Tallassee individuals have been arrested in an early-morning raid Monday on Macedonia Road that netted 25 firearms more than $2,800.

Roger Dale Blakely, 61, of Tallassee was charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to commit controlled substance crime and one count of second-degree possession of marijuana.

James Harold Blakely, 29, of Tallassee was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and first-degree possession of marijuana.

Mandy Rebecca Hale, 22, of Tallassee, was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.

The raid was the culmination of several months of investigating and performing controlled buys, according to task force investigators.

While the raid only netted a small amount of narcotics – two grams of marijuana and some prescription medication – the incident resulted in the seizure of all sorts of firearms and weapons.

Investigator Doug Coltrane with the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force said the amount of guns and ammunition in the residence was unusual.

“They had pistols, everything from .22 to .45 caliber, all with high-capacity magazines, except for a revolver,” Coltrane said. “There was a firearm within reach everywhere in the residence, and they were all loaded.”

Coltrane said that they found cabinets full of ammo for all the weapons inside the residence. Coltrane also said they found assault-style weapons, including an SKS.

“In Los Angeles, the SKS has the nickname ‘cop killer,’” Coltrane said. “The standard round for this weapon can go right through our vests.”

There were also multiple scoped crossbows, shotguns modified with lasers and pistol grips and knives found during the raid, Coltrane said.  Not all of the weapons were registered under the residents’ names, Coltrane said.

The raid was a joint operation among the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force, Tallassee Police Department, the US Attorney’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, Alexander City Special Response Group, Elmore County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Department of Conservation.

The investigation into the possession and distribution of illegal narcotics is ongoing in Tallapoosa County.