Multiple unrelated drug busts around Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale says the community is safer after a string of recent drug arrests.

Four men are facing trafficking charges and a fifth is facing an unlawful possession charge.

Deputies and personnel with the Metro Area Crime Center recovered everything from cocaine, heroin, meth, pot, and opioids in four separate and unrelated busts.

They also seized several firearms.

"There's always a little bit of cash, always a little bit of product, but always, always, always, firearms.  Firearms in the hands of honest law abiding citizens I don't have a problem with, love it.  Firearms in the hands of drug dealers is terrible," said Sheriff Mike Hale.

The following men are facing charges:

35-year-old Johnny Lee Smith of Hueytown
23-year-old Chandler Logan Nichols of Pinson 
24-year-old Gabriel Lopez Mathews of Pinson
29-year-old Darius Brown of Birmingham
34-year-old Erik Malone of Birmingham

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