For Immediate Release January 31, 2014
Drug Bust in the Whiton Community
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:
Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports the arrest of three individuals after a search warrant was executed on County Road 389 near Crossville. Drug agents from DeKalb, Etowah and Marshall County as well as deputies from all three counties and agents from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force served the warrant after an extensive undercover operation. Task force agents were able to purchase more than an ounce of high quality methamphetamine from individuals at the residence. As a result of the search warrant, agents seized over 400 grams of methamphetamine, 4 firearms, $1000.00 in cash, marijuana, and 3 vehicles. Rodrigo Padilla, 28 was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Distribution of Controlled Substance, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd. Jesus Bravo Peralta, 38 and Maria Martinez, 40 were charged with Distribution of Controlled Substance.
Three children were present in the home and were taken by DHR workers for safe placement.
All three individuals were taken to DeKalb County Detention Center where Immigration and Federal charges are expected.
Harris states “We are glad to get this case to the arrest point. We are working with all surrounding Drug units and Federal agencies to make more cases and get a handle on the increase in imported meth and marijuana. We are making progress but we know there is much left to do. Using all our local resources and those of our Federal partners we can make a difference. This was a major player in our county and we hope to have more in custody soon.”