Pre-Dawn Raids Shutdown Alleged Drug Safe Houses

Pre-Dawn Raids Shutdown Alleged Drug Safe Houses

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Mobile, AL - In the pre-dawn dark Mobile Police raid four homes around Webb Avenue and Mc Vay Drive.  They knocked down doors, searched for drugs and took people away in handcuffs.  Before the raids, everyone starts their day with a 5 AM briefing. 

“We're going to take this street back today, we're not going to have this issue on Webb avenue,” says Captain John Barber.  We agreed not to show the faces of undercover officers or suspects as part of the ride along. From the debriefing we all got in separate cars. 

“All of police work is dangerous but when you're making entry into somebody's home it's extremely dangerous,” says the narcotics Lieutenant I rode with.  We also agreed not to use his name.  All the police cars gathered near Hank Aaron Stadium.  20 minutes later the cop cars began flooding Webb Avenue to hit all four homes at almost the same time.  Police officials say they’re trying to get a handle on street level drug activity in the area and all the other crimes associated with it. 

“This stuff has been going on over there and once we had been made aware of it two months ago, that gets us to the point we're at today,” says the Lieutenant.  These raids happen fast, one minute and the house is secure.  The house I was taken to was empty when police raided it--but they did seize $800 in cash and some drugs.  Further up the street police burst into the apartment on in the rear of one house.

They came out with one person in custody and seized a packet of spice, weed and cell phones.  At another house mobile police took one juvenile into custody and one woman.  They came back to the station with a .22 caliber rifle, 9 millimeter hand gun and two small packets of pot.

The house on Mc Vay drive yielded several small bags of pot along with prescription pain killers.

While these aren't normally the large drug hauls police departments like to show off to the media, Captain Barber says this was a good day because they took down street level dealers. 

“So what we're looking at today is not to seize a large amount of dope but to eradicate these safe havens,” says Barber. 

Mobile Police sent us this list of the six people arrested as a result of this morning's raid:
17 year-old juvenile male – Possession of Marijuana Second Degree

Yolanda Walker (DOB: 03/21/1965) – Possession of Marijuana Second Degree

Jamar Black (DOB: 11/03/1991) – Possession of a Controlled Substance (Spice)

                                                        Possession of Marijuana Second Degree

Kiara Pritchett (DOB: 01/02/1993) – Possession of a Controlled Substance (Spice)

                                                           Possession of Marijuana Second Degree

John Walker (DOB: 12/31/1955) – Two counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Xanax)



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