The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office ended a six-month drug investigation recently with the arrest of three family members Michael Pedro Andres and Pedro Pascual Andres and Pedro G. Andres.
The three were from Boaz and nearby Kilpatrick. Investigators say the 1 and one-quarter pounds of methamphetamine found and half-pound of marijuana disrupted a drug trading chain between at least four counties. In all, it totaled around $40,000.
They said that because of the volume of drugs seized, it indicates that the drugs were being traded along to other counties. It is encouraging to see this was not all being traded in DeKalb, but what is it doing in the county in the first place? We are hoping the DCSO finds out soon and puts an end to it.
Through the investigation, the agencies learned where the drugs were going and how they were getting there.
It’s not something uncommon around here. We’ve all heard the “Meth Mountain” moniker given to this area so long ago, and so we’re happy to hear about these instances where officers can disrupt a large-scale drug operation in the county.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the investigation could potentially lead to more cases and arrests. We are hoping it does.
Harris, who recently announced he wouldn’t see another term as sheriff, has made it a mission of his to remove drugs from DeKalb County. It is likely it will never be eradicated, but it is worth a shot. We have to try to get rid of it.
Harris has followed through with various education programs in the county schools, and he’s had some success with operations like these.
In the newsroom, we get a lot of different releases from Harris and his office. If we have not heard from him by Wednesday, then it is not uncommon to call and see if he is on vacation or something.
Many of the releases are drug related, and they tend to be for smaller amounts.
Harris and others from his office like to talk about how we are a far cry from the “Meth Mountain” days, but we’re still seeing arrests such as the ones last week. Illegal drugs can ruin lives, and it’s important for officers to know we support them in their fight against them. It not an easy job.
It can be discouraging after years of cracking down on drugs in the county, to still see officers breaking up large distribution projects.
Harris said this is “one of the biggest problems in all the police departments” across Alabama and the United States. It’s something that his office will likely be dealing with long after he retires, and the next sheriff can expect that.
Regardless, it is encouraging to see that, even if just for one more day, drugs are being taken out of the hands of dealers and away from addicts. It is encouraging to see they have not stopped fighting.
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