Officials Seize 500 Ecstasy Pills Over Weekend

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It’s a major stretch of highway that many of us travel daily. But over the weekend, two people were traveling with an illegal substance.

Abbeville Police Dept. Public Information Officer Chad Sowell said, "In that vehicle, they arrested 26-year-old Laforest Bell and 22-year-old Echo Michelle Rachford of Dothan."

Authorities say around 9PM Saturday evening police made a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 431 and 27 in Abbeville.

While doing so, they reportedly found 500 ecstasy pills on Bell.

"[Highway] 431 is a huge traffic corridor for drug trafficking running back and forth from Atlanta to Florida and parts in between Alabama," Sowell continued.

Both Bell and Rachford were arrested and placed in the Henry County Jail.

Bell is charged with a misdemeanor count of giving a false name to an officer and trafficking a controlled substance.

Rachford is charged with a felony count of trafficking a controlled substance.

Authorities say Saturday night's incident is proof officials continue to crack down.

"We have awesome interdiction officers that continue to work 431, [and] continue to make significant drug busts," Sowell added.

And, that's something many area residents are grateful for.

Henry Co. Resident Darrell Watford said, "Anytime you take drugs off the street it takes them out of the hands of kids and adults."

Authorities say Rachford has posted her $10,000 dollar bond.

Bell still remains in the Henry County Jail with a $755,000 dollar bond.

Officials say the two were traveling back to Dothan from Atlanta.

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