Task Force seizes drugs, guns, money in Tishabee bust

Published 3:00 pm Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The 17th Judicial Drug Task Force led an operation Saturday morning that resulted in the seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine and more than $260,000 in cash in Tishabee.

Task Force Commander Clint Sumlin said they served two search warrants and arrested one man after conducting the search.

Willie “Bo” Carter Jr., 48, was arrested and booked in the Greene County jail.

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Sumlin said the seizure of $262,120 in cash was good for the task force.

“We’ve worked on this case for a while,” Sumlin said. “He was one of the biggest suppliers in our area. We didn’t get as much drugs as we thought we would, but that cash was probably going to be used to buy more.”

Sumlin said the amount of marijuana and cocaine seized was only a few ounces. In addition to the drugs and money, two guns were also seized during the bust.

“This was big for us,” Sumlin said. “I really think this will make a big impact on the drug business in our area. It’s such a lucrative business that you can’t eliminate it, but we can slow it down.”

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department assisted on the case, and Lt. Jeremy Rancher said making this bust was important for Greene County.

“We can’t stop people from selling drugs completely, but we can definitely slow it down, at least for now,” Rancher said. “This won’t just affect Greene County, either. This will have an impact on surrounding counties as well.”

Greene County Sheriff Joe Benison said his department won’t tolerate the sale of drugs, and that they will continue to work to crack down on drugs in the county.

Also assisting on the case was the Alabama Beverage Control Drug Unit, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the Marengo County Sheriff’s Office and the Demopolis Police Department.

“I want to thank all of the agencies for assisting us on this case,” Sumlin said. “This case really shows that state and local governments can work together and be successful.”