The Associated Press
CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) -- A drug bust that began in Tennessee and led
agents to a rural Alabama community yielded hundreds of pounds of
methamphetamine and marijuana.
Federal authorities said Wednesday that six people in Alabama were
arrested after authorities seized 115 pounds of methamphetamine bound
for Cullman County.
The meth bust, in Memphis, Tenn., led investigators to the north
Alabama town of Fairview, where authorities seized 113 pounds of
marijuana from a mobile home on Sept. 25.
"We've seized larger amounts of drugs in operations in Mobile and
elsewhere, but this is the larger seizure ever for this particular
drug," Darien Rentfro, group supervisor for the state's Drug
Enforcement Agency Task Force, said of the methamphetamine recovery.
Estimates of the value of the drugs ranged from $1.4 million to $2.4
Francisco Lopez, 41; Gilberto Flores Rivas, 45; Francisco Acosta, 34;
Guillermo Nunez Zambrano, 28; Aurello Diaz Barragan, 25; and Joel
Lopez, 34, all of Fairview, were arrested by local, state and federal
The charges ranged from possession with intent to distribute, to
firearms possession to interstate trafficking. All six were turned
over to U.S. marshals in Birmingham.
The investigation began with a routine traffic stop in Memphis,
according to Cullman police Capt. Milford Parrish.
When authorities stopped a pickup truck for a traffic violation, they
discovered 115 pounds of meth that they said was bound for Cullman
County for processing and distribution.
Narcotics agents posed as the delivery men and brought the drugs to
Fairview, Parrish told The Cullman Times.
Parrish said the arrests and seizure of drugs were conducted without
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"We feel like we effectively dismantled this organization with this
seizure and these arrests," Parrish said. "We were able to take a
large amount of meth and marijuana off the street here in Cullman
County, but at the same time it proved what we have been saying for
some time now, that Cullman is a major distribution point for
methamphetamine in Alabama."