Published on May 31st, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Ten Men Charged in Birmingham Area Heroin and Cocaine Trafficking Ring
Federal agents and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office today arrested eight men and are searching for a ninth who are charged in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that brought about $5 million worth of heroin and cocaine into the Birmingham area in less than a year, according to an indictment unsealed following the arrests.
The investigation focused on Billy “Champ” Williams Jr., now charged as a large-scale heroin and cocaine distributor in western Birmingham, and his network of operators. For more than a year, the FBI gathered evidence exposing an extensive drug-trafficking operation. The investigation culminated with the Jan. 25 arrest of Samuel Dewayne “Rosé” Gulley, 28, of Fairfield, identified as a key member of the organization. Gulley was arrested in possession of two kilograms of nearly pure heroin following a high-speed chase with Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies. Later that night, agents seized one and a half kilograms of cocaine from a home associated with Williams and Gulley.
“The arrests made in this investigation highlight the great work being done by the North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force and is a clear example of the determination and collaborative spirit among area law enforcement agencies to dismantle criminal enterprises that pose the most significant threat,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. said.
“Asset forfeiture is a vital tool in disrupting criminal organizations by depriving them of property used or acquired through illegal activities,” IRS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot said. “We are proud to have contributed our financial expertise in order to dismantle the drug-trafficking operation that has been targeting Jefferson County citizens for the past year.”
“This indictment is the culmination of a lengthy investigation,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton said. “This investigation is more evidence that ATF’s commitment to combating violent crime is unwavering. We will utilize every resource to make our communities safer places to live.”
The eight people arrested today on conspiracy or drug distribution charges in a 41-count April 2013 indictment were:
WILLIAMS., 40, of Midfield; WALTER “Walt T” JOHNSON, 47, and WILBERT CURTIS “Bing” DALTON JR., 41, both of Dolomite; GRADY ISAM “Shady Grady” JENKINS, 46, twin brothers DEANDRE R.”Laray” or “Tojo,” MURRELL and DEALDRE R. “Twin” MURRELL, 27, and MARION “Tuna” REYNOLDS JR., 52, all of Birmingham; and VERNON LLWELLYN “RJ” MCADORY, 38, of Bessemer.
Authorities are still searching for ABE “Cuz” JOHNSON, 49, of Birmingham.
Nine of the 10 defendants – all but Dalton — are charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine between May 2012 and April 2013 in Jefferson County. Four counts of the indictment charge various defendants with distributing or possessing with intent to distribute either heroin or cocaine. Jenkins and Dalton are charged with distributing heroin on Nov. 28, 2012. Williams and Gulley are charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics on Jan. 25, 2013, one count for a kilogram or more of heroin and one count for 500 grams or more of cocaine. Jenkins faces one count of distributing heroin on April 9, 2013.
The remaining 36 counts charge use of a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking. The 36 counts correspond to individual phone calls made between Oct. 18, 2012, and Jan. 25, 2013. According to the indictment, all the calls involve Williams. Along with Williams, other defendants charged with drug-trafficking phone calls are: Gulley, 12 counts; Walter Johnson, five counts; Deandre Murrell and Jenkins, four counts each; Dealdre Murrell, three counts; Reynolds and Abe Johnson, two counts each; and McAdory, one count.
Source: atf.gov “Ten Men Charged in Birmingham Area Heroin and Cocaine Trafficking Ring,” May 31, 2013.