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Sheriff: 2 arrested in months-long investigation into North Alabama drug trafficking operation

David Jose Topete and Anthony Guthrie; Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office

More arrests are possible.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 4:23 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 4:58 PM

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says on September 5th, investigators completed a six-month investigation into the trafficking of large amounts of “Ice” in North Alabama.

According to the department, investigators stopped a suspect, Anthony Guthrie, on Highway 35 as he was leaving the Fort Payne area, and a search revealed a cooler in the vehicle holding approximately 24 lbs of “Ice." As part of a follow up investigation, another suspect, David Jose Topete, was arrested at a hotel in the Fort Payne area.

Guthrie and Topete were each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and booked in the DeKalb County Jail on $1 million cash bonds. The sheriff's office says federal agents were notified, and additional charges are pending. More arrests are possible.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics/Criminal Interdiction Unit, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency assisted in the operation.

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