Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Brighton man sought in large-scale drug ring surrenders - al (blog)

Jhon Smith | 6:43 PM |

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A Brighton man sought for more than a week in connection with a large-scale drug probe is in custody.


Abe "Cuz" Johnson, 49, surrendered to the U.S. Marshals today, said FBI spokesman Paul Daymond. Johnson was one of 10 people charged in a 41-count federal indictment handed down in April and announced in Birmingham last week.


Lawmen fanned out over the Birmingham area May 21 to arrest those charged. A number of law enforcement agencies worked with the FBI on the investigation and arrests including the U.S. Marshals, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Hueytown, Hoover and Tuscaloosa police, and sheriff's deputies from Jefferson Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties.


The U.S. Attorney's Office in Birmingham is handling the federal prosecution. Authorities say the drug ring brought $5 million in heroin and cocaine into the Birmingham area in less than a year.


The investigation focused on Billy "Champ" Williams Jr., who is charged as a large-scale heroin and cocaine distributor in western Birmingham and his network of operators. For more than a year, the FBI investigated the drug operation, which culminated Jan. 25 with the arrest of Sammuel Dewayne "Rose" Gulley, 28, of Fairfield.


Authorities said Gulley was arrested with two kilograms of nearly-pure heroin following a high-speed chase with Jefferson County sheriff's deputies. Later that night, agents seized one and a half kilograms of cocaine from a home associated with both Williams and Gulley.


Last week, SWAT teams set out to arrest the rest. Eight of the nine sought were in custody with less than two hours. The others arrested are: Williams, 40, of Midfield; Walter "Walt T" Johnson, 47, of Dolomite; Wilbert Curtis "Bing" Dalton Jr., 41, of Dolomite; Grady Isam "Shady Grady" Jenkins, 46, of Birmingham; twin borthers Deandre R. "Laray" or "Tojo" Murrell and Dealdre R. "Twin" Murrell, 27, of Birmingham; Marion "Tuna" Reynolds Jr. 52, of Birmingham and Vernon Llwellyn "RJ" McAdory, 38, of Bessemer.



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