BRIGHTON (WBRC) - A two-year investigation netted the FBI and other local law enforcement 11 arrests Wednesday in Brighton in a major drug bust known as Operation Green Giant.
Officials described the situation as an elaborate drug cartel that was "full of violence." The investigation and subsequent arrests came together thanks to citizen complaints who said there was so much drug activity in the neighborhood that people couldn't get into their driveways.
Several homes were searched and involved in the drug bust, however one in particular was described as being run like a "fast food restaurant" where customers would arrive, pick up their drugs, pay and leave like clockwork.
The suspects reportedly distributed thousands of oxycodone pills per month. Further investigation revealed they also were selling heroin, cocaine and other prescription medication, as well as money laundering.
The FBI-led investigation was carried out through help from several local police and sheriff's departments, the IRS and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale said it was his office's relationship with other law enforcement that brought down this dangerous operation.
"We appreciate very much our relationship with our Federal and local law enforcement agencies. That relationship impacted and shut down a major drug operation in western Jefferson County. There is no doubt lives will be saved because of it and good people living in the area will get some deserved relief," Hale said a release.
Those arrested Wednesday are:
Anthony Bartae McGinnis, 25
Brandon Lane Moody, 29
Cameron Darnell White, 20
Corderell DeWayne Carson, 22
Dimitris Heckstall, 18
Gavin Darnell Walker, 22
Marion Jeray Campbell, 24
Marlon Earl Riggs, 35
Silanis Joseph Snedecor, 38
Kimberly Monique Warren, 30
Reco Darnell Walker, Jr., 19
Indicted and currently incarcerated on other charges are:
Joel Dewayne Hall, 33
Demarcus Leshawn Whitt, 23
Carlos Antonio Riggs, 33
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