A four-month operation resulted in a significant drug bust for the Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team and ATF agents earlier this month.
On Oct. 6, a joint investigation to target individuals in the Mobile area led authorities to conduct a search warrant of a residence in Chickasaw. After searching the house, police found 12 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.2 pounds of heroin and three illegal firearms.The seized drugs have a combined final street value of over $700,000. Forty-year-old John Michael Winfield, also known as John Michael Scruggs, was arrested on Oct. 21 and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and pistol carrying by forbidden person. He’ll face federal prosecution for the multiple offenses.
According to authorities, the investigation included multiple undercover controlled buys and seizures since July 2015 from members of a drug trafficking organization operating in Alabama. Those purchases led investigators to Scruggs, who police say was a high-level lieutenant in the organization.
The Mobile Police Department Narcotics Unit also participated in the investigation.
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