Local law enforcement teaming up on drug arrests
by James Phillips
Oct 16, 2010 | 2741 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The manufacturing of methamphetamine in Walker County continues to be the No. 1 drug issue in the area.

Since April 22, the Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team has worked 67 cases involving meth labs and just last weekend 12 people were arrested in Walker County for manufacturing the drug.

With the meth problem continuing to grow, Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said teamwork between area law enforcement agencies is a must.

“We are in a situation where most police departments are understaffed,” he said. “The teamwork that I’ve seen between the NET Unit, deputies and the different city police departments across the county has been a key in making arrests.”

Walker County NET director Paul Kilgore said in September his agents arrested more than 30 people on meth charges.

“We have two agents that work nothing but meth all the time,” he said. “They are constantly working labs. Fortunately, we do have a good relationship with other departments around the county and they are all working together on this.”

Carbon Hill police chief Heath Allred said he has only been on the job for a short time, but he’s already been impressed with the cooperation between area police.

“We’ve already had several cases that we’ve had to work with the NET Unit,” he said. “Those guys have done nothing but help. They have even been there if I just had a question about something. I’m been very impressed so far with how willing to help our law enforcement is in this county.”

Sumiton police chief T.J. Burnett said his department would always welcome assistance from others.

“We are all shorthanded,” he said. “On most of our calls, we’ll probably have a couple of officers, then we’ll have a couple of the NET agents and a deputy. That is a great help for all of us. Instead of only having two people working a scene, that gives us five officers. In my opinion, that teamwork is very important to the community.”