More than 13 ounces of marijuana, two ounces of cocaine confiscatedPublished 6:58pm Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force arrested a pair of Tallassee residents Friday on cocaine trafficking, drug and firearms possession charges.
Assisted by Tallassee Police, the Alexander City Police Department’s Special Response Group and Alabama Beverage Control agents, task force members served a search warrant at 88 Delta Road in Tallassee, discovering 65 grams of cocaine, 373 grams of marijuana, a .380 handgun and $1,220 in cash.
Law enforcement had received “major complaints” of “narcotics sales and distribution” and other illegal activities in the Oak Heights neighborhood, according to Investigator Robert Oliver.
“We decided to do something about it,” he said Tuesday.
26-year-old Keon Cunningham of Tallassee was charged with five counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, trafficking in cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, first-degree marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and felon in possession of a firearm. Cunningham had a previous conviction for resisting arrest, Oliver said.
Katrina Smith, 37, was also arrested and faces charges of cocaine trafficking, first-degree marijuana possession, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were transported without incident to the Tallapoosa County Jail.
The raid marked the culmination of multiple controlled buys and physical surveillance during a six-month investigation, and physical surveillance during a six-month investigation, Oliver — an investigator with the ACPD currently detailed to the narcotics task force — said.
The presence of so much cash, Oliver said, means there were likely more narcotics in the home earlier, but the possession charges were “just what we found.”
“The investigation into the possession, distribution and trafficking of illegal narcotics is an ongoing in Tallapoosa County,” according to the press release announcing the arrests and seizures.
Oliver said investigators didn’t feel Cunningham was “quite the ring leader,” but “a big step along the path.” He said ongoing prosecutions were likely in the future.
Smith’s children — an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old — were in the house when the warrant were served. They were initially placed in custody of the Tallapoosa County DHR, but Oliver said he thought they’d been released to family supervision.