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      Deputies arrest 3 men accused of trafficking meth, selling heroin in Jefferson County

      Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale is expected to discuss the arrest of three suspected meth dealers at news conference Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014. (abc3340.com)
      JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. -- Three men accused of trafficking methamphetamine from Georgia to west Jefferson County and selling heroin have been arrested after a four-month-long investigation, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.David Leigh, 34, of Mulga, Bradley Gipson, 23, of Edgewater, and Matthew McGaha, 32, of Morris, were arrested Feb. 28 on meth trafficking charges.According to a release, the three suspected drug dealers were purchasing large quantities of meth from a dealer in Atlanta, Ga. and selling it in Jefferson County. Narcotics investigators, who began their probe into the drug operation in October 2013, executed a search warrant at a home in the 4600 block of Birmingport Road in Mulga and found the three men in possession of 19 ounces of drugs including over $100,000 worth of meth and 532 individual doses of heroin. An unknown amount of GHB was also recovered at the home.McGaha has since been released from jail after he posted a $50,000 bond while Gipson and Leigh remain behind bars on a $52,5000 bond and a $152,000 bond, respectively. Sheriff Mike Hale will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. today to discuss the arrests. ABC 33/40 will have the latest on this story on the news at 5 and 6 p.m. Watch the newscast live online by clicking here.

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