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Bay Minette Police Chief hopes drug sting puts criminals on notice

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A city-wide drug sting in Bay Minette resulted in the arrest of 20 people and removed drugs, guns and suspected drug money from the streets.  Police said the majority of drugs seized were meth and marijuana and many of the arrests were thanks to tips received from the public.

Word had spread around town once police gave notice of the arrests.  At the popular Street’s Restaurant, lunchtime diners looked through the report, surprised to see that they were familiar with some of those arrested in their small town.

“About all we ever see or hear around here is stopping on Interstate 10.  We don’t…we haven’t been hearing of anything caught in Bay Minette,” said Ricky Overstreet saying it hits close to home.

Charges against the 20 suspects arrested range from misdemeanors to felonies.  The results of Operation Spring Cleaning didn’t just surprise locals, but police as well.

“These arrests occurred all over town.  It makes up almost…people from all social lives.  Some have never been arrested before.  Some have very extensive criminal histories,” explained Bay Minette Police Chief, Al Tolbert.  “Every type of drug out there.  The only thing we haven’t seen is heroin which is good.”

A raid of two rooms at the Baldwin Motel on Highway 31 resulted in three arrests.  Police say the evidence indicated that Candice Cox, Teddy Whatley and Thomas Burnette were selling drugs from their rooms.  Officers said they found meth, high-grade marijuana and 600 dollars.  Swift Supply sits right next door and those who work there were shocked by the news.

“It’s mind blowing.  Like you said, it’s right next door, but again, I’m just glad Bay Minette’s out there doing their thing and getting everything done and squared away,” Tyler Luckie said.

Police also arrested Justin Moore during a traffic stop.  Police said he had meth, marijuana and $1,800.  Chief Tolbert hopes the sting puts all criminals on notice.

“I think it sends a clear message that we’re serious about fighting crime and drug crime in our city,” Tolbert said.

The Police Department will soon have a new tool in combating drug crime.  They’ve just purchased a new Police K-9 dog that will be there next month.

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