Authorities Arrest 16 People In Suspected Drug Dealer Round-Up In Opp


By Catalina Trivino

Covington County authorities arrest 16  people in a drug round up in Opp -- it's video you'll only see here on Alabama News Network.

You're looking at exclusive video -- it's the result of a multi-agency effort authorities say targeted suspected drug dealers in Opp.

16 people are now behind bars. Opp police chief, Mike McDonald, says they're all charged with Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

"So instead of running out and trying to arrest everybody you can for simply possessing or using a substance, we try to cut it off at the retail seller, try to catch the person that's actually distributing this stuff and remove them and make it a little tougher to find the item," Said McDonald.

It was a three month long operation, where agents used undercover officers and informants to buy these drugs.

McDonald says they recovered cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and prescription pills from seven homes.

This home on Maude Avenue was one of the homes hit. Police say this woman was arrested for distributing prescription pills.

Another home on West Hart Avenue was also hit. It's where authorities arrested four people. Investigators say they're behind bars for distributing marijuana.

Christiana Largent lives just a few houses down from there. She says she's shocked about what's happened.

"To know that that stuff is going on around my child, even it being across the street, I'm very uncomfortable with it," Said Largent. "And it's very unsafe, like I said, they could throw a package on the ground and something still be in it and my child could get a hold of it because she's nosy."

"They have made arrests where they've actually found drugs at the time of the arrest," Said McDonald.

The arrests were part of a joint operation between the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Opp Police Department and the Covington County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say this is an ongoing investigation and they expect to make more arrests.

On Friday, we're expected to find out the names of those arrested.

Alabama News Network will keep you updated as more information becomes available.