Police chief Kenneth Bobo said the roundup of alleged drug dealers and manufacturers typically occurs in August but was delayed this year due to unforeseen circumstances.
Of the seven drug arrests made by Cordova PD last month, three occurred on Oct. 31.
“We focused our time on the night of Halloween to get our most notorious drug offenders. So many trick or treaters come to Cordova from the surrounding areas. We didn’t want to take the chance of any narcotics being given to a kid,” Bobo said.
Scottie Dewayne Moncrief, 32, and Brandy Michelle Atcher, 33, were taken into custody after officers discovered a one pot methamphetamine lab at their residence, 444 Stewart Street.
Both Moncrief and Atcher were charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and have charges pending on unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree.
Approximately two hours later, officers arrested Terrance Driver, 31, of 21 Miller Street and charged him with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Bobo thanked residents in that area of the city for their cooperation and patience with his department during a nearly year-long investigation.
“It has taken us this long to make a solid, soundproof case on Mr. Driver. We wanted to take the time to evaluate what was going on and make sure that we had a rock solid case before moving forward,” Bobo said.
Other arrests from October included Randall Drake Stephens, 22, of 2085 Doliska Road in Quinton; George Thomas Knoll, 48, of 125 Cook Blvd. Apt. 149; Christina Renee Yates, 26, of 125 Cook Blvd. Unit 149; and Danielle Amanda Cain, 24, of 37 Avon Street Unit 131.
Stephens was charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Knoll was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Yates was charged with unlawful distribution of an imitation controlled substance.
Cain was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bobo said these arrests were made at the apartment complex on Horse Creek Boulevard.
He added that his department has answered an increasing number of complaints in that area since the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, when some storm survivors from other counties were relocated to Cordova.
Bobo commended all of his officers for their work on Operation Trick or Treat.
“It wasn’t just one person. Every one of my guys have gone out, gathered intel and been a part of this roundup. They did an outstanding job of working our criminal investigations as well as narcotics,” Bobo said.
The city of Cordova is currently seeking a replacement for Bobo, who was sworn in as Carbon Hill’s new police chief on Monday.
On Monday, Mayor Drew Gilbert said that several candidates are being interviewed for the position, and he hopes to have some names for the council to consider during Tuesday’s regulary scheduled meeting.