Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
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Four indicted Federally on Narcotics Charges

Four men are in federal custody tonight after being indicted and arrested on charges related to trafficking narcotics.

The DeKalb County Narcotics Unit along with the FBI's Northeast Alabama Criminal Enterprise Task Force worked a long narcotics investigation into illicit drug trafficking in our area that concluded this month after all the subjects were indicted in federal court and arrested.

The four were indicted on February 28, 2022 and as of today, all have been arrested and turned in to the U.S. Marshalls Service. The indictments were obtained by a FBI Task Force officer assigned locally to the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit.

David Ray Cisco (49 of Dutton), Charles Edward Matchen Jr. (49 of Pisgah), Randy Tidwell (60 of Bridgeport), and Gary Chambless (38 of Scottsboro) were all indicted on a charge of Conspiracy to Distribute/Possession with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and multiple counts of Distribution/Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

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David Ray Cisco (49 of Dutton) Charles Edward Matchen Jr. (49 of Pisgah) Randy Tidwell (60 of Bridgeport) Gary Chambless (38 of Scottsboro)

All currently remain in federal custody pending trial.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "It takes a lot of work to not only get these cases to an indictment, but also to ensure that these subjects will be found guilty at the federal level, but it's worth the work to ensure they get tougher sentences in federal prison."

"A federal prison is a great place for people that push large amounts of poison in our communities. I'm thankful that we have dedicated professionals serving on our Task Force to put in the long hours to make these indictments possible," said Sheriff Welden.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.