A joint effort among the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement from Liberty and Calhoun counties has resulted in the arrest of a 46-year-old man in Eastpoint. The local sheriff said that he had been selling large quantities of drugs in the area for some time. Authorities reported finding over 10 ounces of methamphetamine and heroin at his home at 763 Ridge Road. Due to the quantities of illegal drugs involved, the sheriff said that federal investigators could indict him.
The suspect has already been charged in the local circuit court, where a judge set his bond at $416,000. His criminal charges include seven counts of methamphetamine trafficking, three counts of running a drug shop, intent to sell or deliver heroin and methamphetamine, possession of narcotics equipment and committing a felony through the use of a two-way communication device. The sheriff called the man a hazard to the community because he was dealing narcotics by the ounce.
The early morning raid conducted at the man’s home also involved a 37-year-old homeless woman. Investigators claim that she was participating in the drug operation, and authorities have charged her with methamphetamine possession with the intent to sell.
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