Alabama officials: 14 arrests made during two-week long drug sweep

Published 6:13 am Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Alabama authorities arrested 14 suspects in a drug sting that lasted two weeks.

The SAFE Task Force, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office — Selma Police Department, the Drug Task Force,  the state tactical team all participated in the drug operation. Sixteen grams of marijuana, five grams of heroin and fentanyl and 50 grams of cocaine, several guns and cash were found.

Two suspects, Mary Jean Strong and Steven Fitts , were both arrested on Thursday at the 2200 block of Hardy Avenue.

Strong, 59, was charged with trafficking heroin/fentanyl, drug paraphernalia, two counts of distribution of controlled substance, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She remains in the Dallas County Jail with a bond over $1.5 million.

Fitts, 27, was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana,  possession of a controlled substance and second-degree receiving stolen property. He was released on $37,000 bond.

Capt. Johnathan Cole says the drug sweeps’ purpose is to reduce crime in Selma and Dallas County.

“The best way to do that is to get the drugs and the guns and the drug dealers of the street,” Cole said. “It’s an effort to surpress crime in Selma and Dallas County.”

Since Mike Granthum became Dallas County Sheriff over 2 1/2 years ago, the DCSO has made 412 drug arrests

“When Granthum took over, he said he’d be proactive and tough on crime to make it safe for residents in Selma and Dallas County,” Dallas County Chief Deputy John Hatfield said.