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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Oxford Drug bust in question
- Clay county drug bust
- Councilman demands more minority hiring
- Roanoake mayor indicted
Oxford Drug bust in question
The head of the Birmingham district office of
the Drug Enforcement Administration has said they will not pursue
charges in a large cocaine case in Oxford because of the involvement
of a Barbour County Chief Deputy. In a letter sent to the Executive
Director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association, Gregory Borland, the
Assistant special agent in charges of the Birmingham DEA office said
that his office has made it a practice not to participate in
investigations that arise from seizures in which Chief Deputy Eddie
Ingram has played any role. Borland wrote that their stems from a
number of factors. Among them is a specious allegation that was
apparently made by Ingram in 2002, that a DEA special agent and task
force officer had stolen as much as 1.6 million from a seizure made
by the Villa Rica police department in Tuscaloosa county. The
allegation was made after a bank count of the currency determined it
to be approximately 2.3 million. After the FBI determined the
allegations to be unfounded, Ingram continued to repeat it to state
and local law enforcement agencies thruout the state advising them
not to contact the DEA in the event of a large currency seizure.
While federal officials say they will not pursue the charges in the
raid where 40 kilograms of cocaine was seized, one source said the
charges would be pursued in state court.
Clay county drug bust
Members of the Oxford police departments drug
unit assisted Clay County Sheriffs deputies this week in a raid of a
home in the Shinbone Community where they arrested five people after
discovering a meth lab. Officials say the home on Goodhope Delta
Road was raided Monday evening after investigators had received
information that a meth lab was being operated at a mobile home on
the property. Police arrested 29 year old Clifton Shadrix and 28
year old Matthew Phillips both of Delta. 33 year old Michael Pate
of Randolph County, 29 year old Virginia McMichael of Heflin and 21
year old Laura Champion of Heflin. All five have bee charged with
first degree manufacturing a controlled substance. Police
confiscated an undetermined quantity of finished drug product as
well as several weapons and suspected stolen property.
Councilman demands more minority hiring
Anniston City Councilman Ben Little has sent
letters to a major defense contractor in Anniston demanding that
they hire more minority workers. Little’s most recent letter to BAE
systems, his third, was printed on City of Anniston Letterhead
included an ultimatium, saying Quote “We intend to further address
this matter to a higher authority if immediate action is not taken,
saying that he cannot in good conscious sit quietly by after
supporting several abatements for BAE. Little became upset in
Tuesday nights council meeting over the fact that Mayor Chip Howell
also sent a letter to B AE where he disavowed any support for the
letters sent by Little. Howells letter to BAE state that Councilman
Little had not taken the issue up with the whole council. According
to BAE, 33% of its workforce is non white.
Roanoake mayor indicted
A Randolph County grand jury has indicted
Roanoake Mayor Henry Spec Bonner on 26 counts including charges that
he used his political position for personal gain and violated the
states competitive bid law. Bonner was arrested Wednesday and
denies the charges vowing that he would not step down as mayor. The
indictments allege that the 73 year old Bonner used his position as
mayor to divert more thatn $86,000 of the cities fuel contracts to
Handley Distributing where he is president and a minority owner.
The indictments also accuse him of awarding a $220,000 contract for
grading work on city property to one or both of two companies
without competitive bids. Bonner surrendered to authorities
Wednesday and has been released from the Randolph county jail on
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