Moulton drug raid could result in a federal probe
By Kristen Bishop
MOULTON — A Moulton raid that uncovered drugs and weapons will likely lead to a federal investigation, said Lawrence County Drug Task Force Commander Amard Martin.
Authorities served a search warrant Saturday morning at 373 Main St., home of Larry Leg, 62. Martin said officers found several bottles of hydrocodone pills and an arsenal of handguns, shotguns and rifles.
“We’re looking at a federal investigation because of the weapons,” he said. “He committed a felony crime by selling drugs while armed. That may be a federal offense.”
The multi-agency task force used extra caution during the raid because the house is near Moulton Middle School, said Martin.
“We had a lot of people there to protect the community, especially since it was right across the street from the school,” he said. “And we did it on a Saturday morning so the kids wouldn’t be in any danger.”
Agencies began investigating Leg after receiving complaints from citizens. Leg twice sold hydrocodone pills to an undercover officer, leading to the raid, said Martin.
The Huntsville and Florence bomb squads assisted in case Leg decided to use one of his weapons, said Martin.
“We knew beforehand that he was a Vietnam veteran, and the undercover told us he had guns in the house when he sold him the drugs,” he said.
Many of the weapons had altered serial numbers, said Martin.
Police charged Leg with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, but Martin said they may add charges following further investigation.
Police arrested two other people in Leg’s house during the raid.
Police charged Jeremy Parker, 36, of 485 Lawrence County 176, Moulton, with three counts of distribution of a controlled substance and trafficking in morphine.
Parker allegedly sold morphine to an undercover officer.
Police charged Tana Tuder, 42, of 315 Main St., Moulton, with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During an authorized search of her home Saturday, officers found pills and a pipe used for smoking illegal drugs, said Martin.
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Moulton Police Department, Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Huntsville and Florence bomb squads and Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted the Drug Task Force in the investigation.
Leg, Parker and Tuder remained in Lawrence County Jail on Saturday. Bond had not been set.
The three arrests were part of Lawrence County’s Operation Rx, a new initiative to decrease illegal drug use and sales.
Martin said the message should be loud and clear:
“If you’re going to sell drugs, get out of Lawrence County.”
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