Complaints key in Alabaster cocaine bust

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 7, 2006

From Staff Reports

Resident complaints in Alabaster helped lead to multiple warrants for distribution of controlled substance, mostly crack cocaine, in Alabaster.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff&8217;s Office, the Shelby County Drug Task Force received numerous complaints of illegal narcotics activity on 11th Avenue S.E., in Alabaster from residents of the community.

In response, the task force focused street level narcotics investigations in that area over the last month.

As a result, on Friday, June 2, the task force, with the assistance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, executed a narcotics search warrant at 101 11th Avenue S.E., in Alabaster.

U.S. currency was seized at the residence, pursuant to the search warrant, and the Task Force will seek to have the currency condemned as illegal drug proceeds.

Also, as a result of these investigations, the task force obtained arrest warrants for nine suspects for the illegal distribution of controlled substances.

To date, Roland Green, 47, of Alabaster, and Tommy C. Oden, 52, of Alabaster, have been arrested on those warrants.

Both suspects remain in the Shelby County Jail, each charged with two counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances, with bonds of $20,000 for each count and a total bond of $40,000.

Curry said, &8220;Through the execution of this search warrant and by obtaining the arrest warrants for these nine suspects, the task force continues to send the message that no drug dealer in Shelby County is safe from prosecution.&8221;

Alabaster Chief of Police Stanley Oliver said, &8220;Illegal narcotics represent a threat within our communities and the Alabaster Police Department will continue to work toward making our communities drug free.&8221;

Captain Ken Burchfield, commander of the Shelby County Drug Task Force, said the controlled substance was mostly crack cocaine.

He said, &8220;The good news is we&8217;ve gotten calls from people since that it&8217;s quieter.&8221; But he said, &8220;It&8217;s one day at a time. Today, it&8217;s a victory.&8221; He said tomorrow there might have to be more arrests.

Burchfield said there was a cooperative effort with the DEA, ABI and Alabaster Police.