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August 15, 2013

Three arrested by SWAT teams on drug trafficking charges

After executing a search warrant at a secluded residence around 3:30 Wednes-day morning, SWAT team members arrested three people on drug trafficking charges in the Water Valley community.

Andrew Spivey, (age not listed), Malenia Spivey, 41, and Daniel Edmond-son, 19, all of Cullman, were arrested for unlawful trafficking of a controlled substance. Cullman city police officers and county deputies combined their SWAT team members to make the arrests and also utilized the city helicopter because of the property layout of the residence.

Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team Director Joey Cone said the warrant was searching Andrew Spivey’s home on County Road 1030 in Cullman.

“CNET agents located approximately 55 grams of ICE (methamphetamine), marijuana, 400 different types of pills, scales and packing materials,” Cone said. “This search warrant was the result of an investigation that lasted several months and we’d like to thank everyone involved. All of the departments worked together as a team.”

Cone said the ICE had a street value of $5,500 and the marijuana that was found had a street value of $50.

The suspects are all being held at the Cullman County Detention Center, each on a $1 million bond.

Cullman Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said these investigations and arrests do not go unnoticed and he’s thankful for the work ethic of all those involved.

“I know that they have spent long hours, both late nights and early mornings to see this case through,” Green said. “This includes sacrificing time from their families, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. We appreciate their hard work. It was a high-risk warrant, a fenced-in location with dogs and possible firearms at the residence and we were thankful there was no one hurt.”

Green said many cases like this one initiate from concerned citizens or tips that lead to investigations and potential arrests being made.

“We had information and concerns from the public called in, which is the majority of how cases start,” Green said. “So without the public help, many of these cases wouldn’t be possible and we’re thankful for cooperation from the community.”

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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