published Saturday, May 4th, 2013

3 men arrested on drug charges in DeKalb County, Ala.

In southern DeKalb County, Ala., where law enforcers have been making drug trafficking cases for years, officers arrested several men late Thursday, accusing them of selling methamphetamine ice.

When local and federal agents searched a home off County Road 9033 in the community of Kilpatrick, drug dog Mako sniffed out more than 2 ounces of crystal meth worth about $4,000 on the street, officials said. The market rate for ice meth is about $100 a gram, they said.

The men in the house were taken into custody on state charges, but DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release that the men also could face federal charges for having weapons and drugs.

Fernando Castro Alanis, 29, and Osblando Castro Alanis, 29, both of Boaz, Ala., were arrested on drug trafficking charges. Miguel Angel Ramos, 21, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Harris said. Agents also found $1,600 in cash and a gun.

DeKalb County Drug Task Force Director Darrell Collins said this community where Marshall and DeKalb counties meet has been a hot spot for trafficking imported meth from Mexico for years.

FBI agents consistently work with local law enforcement to try to curb the drug traffic, and Collins said they have noticed a difference.

"We've been working with [the FBI] for several years in that area," Collins said. "It's still a problem, but nothing like it was three or four years ago."

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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