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WAAY 31 took a closer look at the arrest and criminal history of a man investigators call one of the biggest drug dealers in Limestone County.
Jeffery DeWayne Madry, 31, of Athens was arrested on Bristol Street and charged with two counts of drug trafficking, illegal possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a firearm.
He is now in the Limestone County Jail.
The department says this is the largest amount of drugs found in one place in the county recently, and it is an example of one person supplying street dealers.
Limestone County Sheriff’s Office seized cocaine, meth and thousands of dollars in cash from a home in Athens.
People in the area told us they're happy the sheriff's office is cracking down on drug arrests.
"It's important and it's a good thing for our country and our city cause a lot of people I went to school with and know ended up in situations with drugs and being addicted to them," says Justin Chambers.
Chambers lives in Athens. He said taking people like this off the streets will make it harder for people to get access to illegal drugs.
"It's destroyed their lives, ruined their families, ruined their health..." he adds.
Close to $30,000 in cash, two pistols, almost 4 pounds of cocaine and half a pound of meth were found after a search warrant was done on Bristol Street in Athens.
"We knew he was a significant dealer in our area...For a matter of fact in all of North Alabama," says Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.
This isn't Jeffery Madry's first arrest on drug charges.
In May 2011, Madry was charged with unlawful possession or receipt of crack-cocaine, destruction of state property for damaging a Limestone County patrol car, and attempting to escape custody of a Limestone County deputy. He pleaded guilty and he spent more than a year in prison.
In June 2011, Madry was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty and served 3 years in prison.
"It's a great thing and I wish they would do a lot more. I wish they could find more to keep them away from here," explains Chambers.
With the charges Madry is facing, no bond is set.
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