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Trafficking in crack

Task force finds rock cocaine, pot; other drugs hidden in chili cans


News Staff Writer

State and local drug agents conducted a late-night raid last week that resulted in the confiscation of varying amounts of illicit substances, including some hidden in chili cans, and enough of one substance to draw a trafficking charge.
Atmore Police Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that Keith Lamor Williams, 48, of Atmore was arrested April 19 when officers of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Region A Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at his East Fourth Street residence shortly before 11 p.m.
The search turned up approximately 38 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 29 grams of marijuana and a gram of synthetic cannabis, as well as numerous baggies and at least one set of scales. It also turned up five firearms.
Task force agents discovered two Hormel Chili cans with false bottoms that contained unspecified substances, and also located other unspecified drugs in various locations inside the residence.
Police Chief Chuck Brooks said city narcotics cops have benefited from the rash of drug arrests that patrol officers have made in recent months.
“Our goal is to aggressively combat narcotics because narcotics ruin families,” Brooks said. “(Patrol officers) aren’t specifically looking for narcotics cases …but if they find narcotics, they are going to make an arrest.
“The information our patrol officers get is passed on to our narcotics division. If the investigation leads to probable cause for a search warrant or arrest warrant, they are going to do it.”
Williams remained in the county jail late Monday, April 25, under $1 million bond. He is charged with one count each of drug trafficking, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernelia.