Local Authorities Net Big Drug Bust

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Two suspected drug dealers are behind bars tonight after local authorities seize $25,000 worth of methamphetamine.

The suspects were busted late Thursday night during a traffic stop.

The arrests are the culmination of a three month investigation and surveillance operation spearheaded by the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

Several other agencies assisted in this investigation.

“This is what death and destruction is,” said District Attorney Doug Valeska, holding up the plastic bag full of drugs.

“And financially, this destroys families and it fills up the prisons. A lot of lives would suffer if this made the streets,” he added.

The plastic bag contains 16 ounces of an illegal substance called "ice."

“Ice is a smokeable form of meth,” said Houston Co. Sheriff Andy Hughes.

One pound of ice sells for $25,000 dollars on the streets.

“We typically see this type of drug shipped in bulk from Mexico,” said Hughes.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office along with the Dothan Police Department and several other agencies conducted a three month long investigation that culminated in the arrests of two people: 26-year-old Ashley Bond of Dothan and 29-year-old Harley Bottoms of Slocomb.

“Hopefully, they'll serve life sentences and never get out,” said Valeska.

Authorities made the arrests at the intersection of Highway 231 south and Highway 109 just south of Dothan. Authorities say when they conducted the traffic stop; one of the suspects actually got out and fled on foot. He didn't get very far and was tackled and placed under arrest.

“You get the nickel and dime seller all the time but when you get the bigger people...that puts a big dent in the cartel,” said Valeska.

Authorities say pooling their resources together made this bust a success.
“Whenever you can have two larges agencies working together, it's going to be beneficial for the City of Dothan and Houston County,” said Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton.

As for current or future drug dealers in our area, officials want to make it loud and clear.

“Stay the heck out of Houston or Henry County or you're going to prison,” said Valeska.

Sheriff Hughes says that one pound bag is a very large amount of ice.

He says the suspects would deal the drugs to other dealers who would then break it down into grams and sell it to users.

Both suspects are being held in the Houston County Jail on a half million dollar bond each.

They are waiting to be transferred to Montgomery where their case will be presented before a federal grand jury.


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