Five arrested in connection to organized drug trafficking

Photo source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office
Photo source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office
Photo source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office
Photo source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Etowah County Sheriff's Department has announced five drug-related arrests that includes a high ranking official in the city of Gadsden.

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin says the arrests are the result of a 14 month investigation by several law enforcement agencies in Etowah, Jefferson and Madison Counties.

On Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m., authorities executed search warrants on the individuals involved. 31-year-old Antwain Lashon Harvey, 38-year-old Vincent "Vinnie" Harrell, 56-year-old Anthony Harvey, 48-year-old Eroma McCurdy and the Superintendent of City Services in Gadsden City Hall, 73-year-old Eugene Harrell, have all been charged various drug trafficking charges.

One pound of crack and powdered cocaine was seized during the operation along with sixteen firearms, including assault rifles and a short barreled shotgun. Applications have been made to seize six vehicles and four residences.

"This was a lengthy and thorough investigation by a myriad of local, state, and federal agencies that has had a significant impact on the narcotics dealing in Etowah County, as well as other parts of the state," states District Attorney Jimmie Harp.  "These defendants face very lengthy prison sentences and should send a message to those who are dealing in illegal drugs in Etowah County that you will be caught, prosecuted and sent to prison."

"The effectiveness of the Etowah County Drug Task Force is incredible and the agents of the unit are to be commended for their outstanding work," states Chief Richard Crouch.  "No matter how big the fish or how small, we have the net to catch the drug dealers in this county."

The case is being referred to the U.S. Attorney's office in Birmingham to see if any federal charges will be made.

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