OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said they have sentenced the 10th and final person in connection to a four-year drug trafficking investigation, “Operation Songbird,” carried out by the DEA and the OCSO, according to a release.

Deputies arrested Ira Alston in January 2021 in Atlanta, Ga. for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than:

  • 1 kilogram of heroin
  • 400 grams or more of Fentanyl
  • 500 grams or more of methamphetamine

Alston was convicted and sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Thursday Aug. 25, according to the release. The DEA Atlanta Field Office, members of the DEA Pensacola Office and OCSO assisted in the arrest of Alston. There is no mugshot for Alston available at this time.

“Operation Songbird” began in 2018 when the “DEA and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office partnered in an investigation into a Drug Trafficking Organization responsible for distributing kilogram amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl within Okaloosa County, Florida,” according to the release.

The investigation revealed that Joshua Kim Bailey was the “head of the DTO,” and was selling “large amounts,” of heroin and methamphetamine to “various individuals within Okaloosa County for further distribution.”

In May 2019, six search warrants were executed resulting in the seizure of 31 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 4.9 kilograms of heroine, 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, 1.5 kilograms of marijuana and 1.6 kilograms of suspected fentanyl “pressed into approximately 5,000 Xanax and 1,000 oxycodone pills.”

Through more investigation, deputies found that Alston was Bailey’s “source of supply,” who lived in Atlanta. It was revealed Alston was sending roughly 30 pounds of methamphetamine and four kilograms of heroin every two weeks “for Bailey to distribute within Okaloosa County.”

Investigators seized the following over the four-year span:

  • Methamphetamine – Approximately 18 kilograms
  • Heroin – Approximately 8.4 kilograms
  • Cocaine – Approximately 2.8 kilograms
  • Marijuana – Approximately 5.4 kilograms
  • Misc. Pharmaceuticals – 2.5 kilograms
  • US Currency – $217,153
  • Vehicles – $133,037
  • Jewelry – $157,315.00

The following is a list of people sentenced and charges within ‘Operation Songbird’:

Person chargedChargeSentence
Joshua Kim Baileyconspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as an armed career criminal300 months
Stephanie Macnewconspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances120 months
Alexander Evansconspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances75 months
Stephen Scott Wilsontwo counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances120 months
Henry Clay White IVconspiracy to distribute controlled substances and four counts possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon120 months
Nicolas Dre Latsonconspiracy to distribute controlled substances and violation of federal supervised release69 months
Jonah Jack-Fullertwo counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon66 months
Barry Dewayne Harrelsonconspiracy to distribute controlled substances, four counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as an armed career criminal360 months
Milton Pruittconspiracy to distribute controlled substances and two counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances36 months

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