MOULTON — A North Courtland councilman was among a group of more than two dozen people arrested Thursday in connection with a nine-month undercover investigation into illegal drug activity, officials said.
North Courtland Councilman Terry Robinson is charged with four counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, according to Amard Martin, director of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.
Martin said Robinson, 53, 517 R.A Hubbard Road, North Courtland, sold prescription pain pills to undercover agents. Robinson just started his third term on the North Courtland Town Council, city officials said.
Martin said officers from every law enforcement department in the county, including the district attorney’s office, were involved in the roundup that started about 4 a.m.
Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said officers left Moulton with 32 warrants. He said Thursday night that 25 people were in custody, and he expects to pick up the others within the next few days.
“We picked up about 20 in the first sweep, and they have been steadily coming in throughout the day,” Mitchell said. “I’d say it was a pretty good day.”
Martin said the arrests involved people living in all areas of the county. He added all arrests involved distribution of a controlled substance.
“We had it all, from selling pills to selling cocaine, marijuana and meth,” Martin said.
Mitchell said drug task force members should be praised for their efforts organizing the roundup.
“The guys did their homework,” he said. “If the people we were looking for weren’t at one location, the agents had two or three other locations for us to look, and we usually found them,” the sheriff said.
Martin described those arrested as “street-level dealers.”
“But they are a constant problem,” he said. “Hopefully, these arrests can lead us to something bigger and better.”
Mitchell said numerous hours were involved in the operation.
“This isn’t going to stop the illegal drug activity in the county, we know that. But hopefully this will send a message to the dealers that we’re going to do all we can to combat this illegal activity,” he said.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.