JeffCo drug bust nets 532 heroin doses, $100K of meth, 3 suspect

JeffCo drug bust nets 532 heroin doses, $100K of meth, 3 suspected dealers

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(L-R) David Leigh, Bradley Gipson and Matthew McGaha. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (L-R) David Leigh, Bradley Gipson and Matthew McGaha. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Three men suspected of buying meth in bulk from Atlanta and dealing it in west Jefferson County were arrested on drug trafficking charges last week.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested the men after a four-month-long investigation that started in October 2013 when narcotics agents heard about a group of drug traffickers in west Jefferson County.

Deputies searched a home in the 4600 block of Birmingport Road in Mulga on Feb. 28 and found methamphetamine, heroin and GHB, a liquid drug.

Meth is normally sold by the gram, and investigators say they found 19 ounces of it, worth $106,500. They also confiscated 532 individual doses of heroin from the Mulga home.

The three men arrested for trafficking methamphetamine are David Leigh, 34, of Mulga, Bradley Gipson, 23, of Edgewater and Matthew McGaha, 32, of Morris.

Sheriff Mike Hale said they believe Gipson and Leigh are "mid-level" drug dealers.

"These are [the people] who thesmall street level dealers would go to to get their crystal meth to distributethroughout the county. And that's why we believe this will be a blow to thedistribution of crystal meth in Jefferson County," Sheriff Hale said.

McGaha is out of jail on a $50,000 bond. Gipson is in the Jefferson County Jail on a $52,000 bond and Leigh is being held on a $152,000 bond, according to the Sheriff's Office website.

Sheriff Hale praised the community for playing a huge role in the bust through the tips they gave investigators.

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