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2 charged with trafficking meth in Etowah County

Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 8:37 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 at 9:38 PM CDT
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ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Etowah County authorities arrested two men suspected of trafficking methamphetamine after seizing meth, marijuana, guns and other items from their car.

A Gadsden police sergeant noticed a suspicious vehicle on Broad Street and S. 7th Street on Monday, Aug. 1 and went to investigate.

The officer learned that one of the men inside the vehicle, 31-year-old Mitchell Buel of Gadsden, was wanted in Etowah County, Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Randall Johnson said.

Authorities searched the vehicle and found approximately 43 grams of meth, a bag of marijuana, suboxone strips, a glass pipe with residue, a .38 caliber revolver and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, Johnson said.

Buel and the other man in the car, 27-year-old Matthew Green of Piedmont, were both arrested and taken to the Etowah County Detention Center.

They are each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Buel's bond was set at $50,000. He is currently out on bond on previous drug and gun-related charges, Johnson said. Green's bond was set at $50,000 surety, Johnson added.

The charges involving the guns found in the vehicle are expected to be added in the future.

Gadsden police, the Alabama National Guard Counterdrug Program and the FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force all helped in the case.

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