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Over 20 arrested in Huntsville drug ring

Published 1:23pm Friday, May 24, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter


HUNTSVILLE — Huntsville Police arrested two Huntsville residents in a major drug ring bust.

Officer Jason Fanning said that Federal agents and members of a Madison and Morgan County drug task force team arrested 21 people and charged them as members of a drug-trafficking conspiracy operating out of Huntsville since at least 2010.

Two brothers, Cortez“Tez” Carr and Tyris “Black” Carr, of Huntsville were charged in the cocaine and the marijuana conspiracies. The investigation into a string of overlapping drug rings began in 2010 and identifies Cortez Carr as the leader of the illegal drug distribution rings.

“This investigation has successfully taken down a major cocaine- and marijuana-trafficking organization operating in Northern Alabama,” U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said in a release on May 23.“This is a sterling example of how federal, state and local law enforcement, working together, are able to successfully dismantle narcotics smuggling organizations and reduce the availability of illegal drugs on the streets.”

Cortez, Tyris and their cousin LaCarl Carr are charged with multiples counts of drug possession, gun possession and drug trafficking stemming from early January of this year.

Along with the Carr’s, other arrested include:

Tommy “Roland” Childs III, 51

Eric “Twin” or “Look-a-like” Childs, 42

Christopher Ike “Coota” Okafor, 29

Corey Todd “Black Boy” Thompson, 25

Gregory Lavar “Greedy G” Hampton, 35

Michael Wayne Burton, 45

Travis Washington, 31

Deonta LaJuan Turner, 30

Terrence Lavelle “Wolf” Melton, 36

John Earnest Moore Jr., 27

Charles Copeland, 44

Cornelius Antonio Carter, 30

Fredrick Lee Maples, 46

Monica Champaler Toney, 35

Darral Demetrias Walter, 38

and Keenan Jermaine Shepherd, 33.

Fanning said conspiring to possess and distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $4 million fine. Agencies that assisted in the investigation includes the FBI, Madison-Morgan County HIDTA Task Force, Huntsville, Madison and Decatur police departments, Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Alabama Department of Public Safety, federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Madison County and Morgan County sheriff’s departments along with the district attorneys’ offices.

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