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      20 arrested in large-scale drug roundup in DeKalb County

      An extensive investigation into drug trafficking in DeKalb County has yielded numerous arrests, Sheriff Jimmy Harris and Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum reported Wednesday.

      The first phase of the investigation that began several months ago concluded this afternoon when members of the DeKalb Co. Drug Task Force began a county-wide drug roundup aimed at curbing the illegal sale of drugs and misuse of prescription medicine in the area.{} Law enforcement arrested 20 people on various drug charges.

      The task force consists of four full-time agents and five part-time officers from DeKalb Co. Sheriff's Office, Fort Payne Police Department and the district attorney Mike Odell's office. Sheriff Harris, Chief Bynum and Odell serve as board members of the task force directed by Darrell Collins.

      "I'm very proud of the job these officers are doing as we attempt to make our community a safer place." Odell stated in a news release.

      The four task force leaders met this week to discuss future plans for the unit and the acquisition of new equipment that is expected to expedite the testing process of illegal drugs.

      "We have been working these cases for some time now and we have made several arrests." Sheriff Harris said. "These arrests today are not the last. We will continue to go after drug dealers and suppliers. This is a good point to re-group and continue this investigation in other areas. We will not stop as long as there is one person out there selling drugs."

      "We all work as a team and this operation shows how we can be successful as we attempt to stamp out the drug problem in our community." Chief Bynum said.

      List of 20 individuals arrested and their charges:Samuel Salizan Rivera -- Two counts of Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Distribution of Controlled Substance.William James McElrath -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First-degree Unlawful Possession of Marijuana Wendy Gorham -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First-degree Unlawful Possession of MarijuanaRobert Chad Hall -- Two counts of Distribution of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

      Michael Eric Kelley -- Unlawful Possession of Controlled SubstanceJared Farmer -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled SubstanceJennifer Suzanne Harris -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled SubstanceMichael Shane Dunn -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled SubstanceMelissa Sue Lancaster -- Three counts Distribution of Controlled SubstanceDemetrius Jermaine Neal -- Two counts of Unlawful Distribution of Controlled SubstanceStaci Stiefel -- Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance and Conspiracy of a Controlled Substance CrimeRicky Brian Phillips -- Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Controlled SubstanceKimberly Denise Anderson -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 2 Counts Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Manufacturing of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Distribution of Controlled SubstanceChristy Hudgens Taylor -- Three counts of Distribution of Controlled SubstanceDon Wayne Mitchell{}-- Unlawful Manufacturing of Controlled SubstanceDarak Heath Dean -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled SubstancePatrick Lee Rogers -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled SubstanceMark Allen Norris -- Failure to Appear, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug ParaphernaliaJudy Lee Slaton -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Distribution of Controlled SubstanceTommy Dustin Burt -- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance Jennifer Waldrop -- Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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