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- Last of rockets destroyed at Anniston Army
- Sessions cancels McClellan visit
- Talladega drug raid
Last of rockets destroyed at Anniston Army
Employees at Anniston’s chemical weapons
incinerator reached a major hurdle Thursday night, destroying the last
M55 rocket stored at the facility.
Mike Abrams, a spokesman for the chemical agent
disposal facility said they are not out of the rocket business in
Anniston. With the elimination of the last of Anniston’s sarin a year
ago and now the destruction of the last M55 rocket, the Army reports
that 97 percent of the risk posed by the chemical weapons at the
Anniston Army Depot is gone.
Abrams said that The last rocket was drained at
6:55 p.m. Thursday evening. The Anniston Facility began processing
rockets armed with the nerve agent VX in July. Since then, they have
destroyed all 35,662 of the weapons.
Abrams said that Workers now will spend about 90
days decontaminating the Anniston incinerator and installing equipment
to handle 155 mm artillery shells armed with VX. Once those are
destroyed, they’ll turn to VX-armed land mines. All of Anniston’s VX
is expected to be gone by the end of next year at which time Workers
then would begin destroying mustard blister agent, expected to take
another three years.
Sessions cancels McClellan visit
Senator Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security
Secretary had been scheduled to tour the Center for Domestic
Preparedness at McClellan Friday morning, however Sessions cancelled
the visit citing votes in the Senate that are scheduled for Friday.
Sessions said that he hopes to reschedule the trip at a later date.
Talladega Drug raid
Members of the Talladega County Drug Task Force and federal and local
agencies conducted a massive raid on a Talladega home Thursday
resulting in two arrests and the seizure of large quantities of drugs.
43 year old Andrew Emoris Garrett, and 23 year old Wayne Mitchell
Garrett Jr., were both arrested on federal grand jury indictments
resulting from numerous drug buys made from the suspects during a
months-long joint investigation. A third suspect remains at large.
The raid also involved the Calhoun County Drug Task Force; the federal
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Alcoholic
Beverage Control Board; and the Talladega Police Department. The
Sylacauga Police Department and Talladega County Sheriff’s Department
supplied canine units, and the Army National Guard provided a
The task force said seizures included 7 pounds of marijuana, 60 grams
of crack cocaine, 80 grams of powder cocaine, three firearms and an
unknown amount of cash.
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