Major Alabama Drug Trafficking Organization
May 15 (Montgomery, AL) - Members of the DEA Montgomery Resident Office (MRO) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a long-term investigation into the drug trafficking activities of the Lamar Bledson Drug Trafficking Organization.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the organization was responsible for the distribution of over 20 kilograms of cocaine per month. On May 09, 2012, 12 members of Bledson’s organization were indicted by a federal grand jury in Montgomery, Alabama for conspiracy to distribute powder cocaine / crack cocaine and other charges.
On May 10, 2012, members of the MRO, with assistance from other federal, state and local counterparts served 9 federal search warrants, 12 federal arrest warrants, and arrested 22 individuals on state drug related charges. Agents also seized approximately $100,000, 11 luxury vehicles, 1 tractor, 1 golf cart, multiple pistols, assault rifles and ammunition, and approximately ½ kilograms of powder cocaine. Arrestees include Lemar Delmond Bledson, Willie Jerome Davis, Willie James Walker, Tony Gardner, Lisa Jackson, Eulanda Trimble, Kevin Elmore, Eric Reese, William “James” Reese, Robert Marshall, Clifton Pettus and Stacy “Bud” Callaway.
In a press statement concerning the enforcement operation, Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox, III remarked, “Today’s collaborative law enforcement efforts by DEA Montgomery, FBI, and our other, federal, state and local counterparts sends an undeniable message to drug dealers in the greater Montgomery, Alabama area: your illegal activities are no longer welcomed here. The indictments of the 12 individuals in this case represents the collective and symbolic voice of the fine citizenry in this community who have resolved to partner with us to take back their streets. The men and women of DEA remain steadfast in our commitment to this endeavor.”
The following local, state, and federal agencies assisted with this investigation: DEA’s Montgomery Regional Office, Birmingham District Office, DEA Atlanta, DEA New York, DEA’s Special Operations Division, FBI, United States Marshalls, Central Alabama Drug Task Force, Office Of The Attorney General, Elmore County Sherriff's Office, Wetumpka Police Department, Montgomery Alabama Police Department, Millbrook Police Department, Montgomery County Sherriff's Office, Prattville Police Department, Autauga County Sherriff's Office, Alabama State Police, Alabama Beverage Control, Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Chilton County Sherriff's Office, and The Alabama National Guard.
DEA Special Agent In Charge Jimmy S. Fox, III reminds the general public that an indictment is merely a charge of criminal conduct and that the defendant must be ultimately found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.