The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Interdiction team assisted with the seizure of 24 pounds of methamphetamine last week that resulted in the arrest of a Scottsboro man.
According to DeKalb Sheriff Nick Welden, investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed a six-month investigation into trafficking of large amounts of “Ice” in the North Alabama area. Welden said the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency special agents assisted in the investigation.
Welden said a traffic stop was conducted on Anthony Guthrie, 50 of Scottsboro, was he was leaving the Fort Payne area.
“Our K-9 unit conducted a search outside of the vehicle at which time the K-9 alerted on the rear compartment of the vehicle,” said Welden.
Welden said agents located a cooler in the vehicle which contained approximately 24 pounds of “Ice,” pure crystalized methamphetamine. Investigators also arrested David Jose Topete, 49 of Tijuana, Mexico nearby at a hotel in Fort Payne in connection to the narcotics.
Welden said the value of methamphetamine could reach up to $150,000.
“We have reason to believe it as to be distributed in this area,” said Welden. “Twenty-four pounds of this poison is enough to get a lot of people hooked and destroy a lot of lives.”
Both Guthrie and Topete were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and placed in the DeKalb County Detention Center on a $1 million bond. Federal agents have been notified and other drug charges are pending.
Welden said the investigation continues and more arrests are possible.
“I’d like to thank our agents, the ALEA Task Force, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for their commitment to stopping these dangerous drugs from reaching our communities,” said Welden.