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September 29, 2008

Drug bust made near school

Cullman County narcotics investigators arrested a local couple Friday for allegedly selling massive quantities of prescription drugs out of their residence near Cold Springs School.

According to sheriff’s reports, investigators charged Samuel Alfred Aaron, 65, and his wife Darlene Anett Aaron, 35, with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance after arresting them at their home on County Road 109 — less than 300 yards from Cold Springs School.

Cullman Sheriff Tyler Roden said investigators suspect the two sold some of their prescription drugs to Cold Springs students.

“That aspect is still under investigation,” Roden said. “It’s possible some more charges could be brought against (Samuel) Aaron at a later time.”

Roden said the arrests were part of a intense months-long investigation into one of Cullman County’s largest prescription drug dealing operations in recent history.

“We feel it is a very significant bust,” Roden said. “We suspect (Samuel) Aaron is responsible for putting a lot of these controlled substances out on the streets.”

During a search of the couple’s residence, Cullman County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) agents and sheriff’s deputies allegedly recovered 729 Methadone pills, 397 OxyContin “oxycotton” pills and 400 Hydrocodone “Lortab” pills — all of which have a combined street value of approximately $23,000.

“How the Aarons were obtaining prescription drugs in such large quantities is still under investigation at this time,” Roden said.

Also allegedly recovered at the scene were 15 firearms, including several shotguns and rifles.

“We’re appreciative of the assistance from the community in this investigation,” Roden said. “I also appreciate the work of the law enforcement officers to make the arrests and seize these drugs.”

The couple is incarcerated at the Cullman County Detention Center, each with a $100,000 bond.

Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.



‰ Patrick McCreless can be contacted by e-mail at patrickm@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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