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COUNTY LINE — This otherwise sleepy, unincorporated community straddling the Autauga and Elmore county line became the center of a massive drug investigation involving federal, state and local agencies.

Fifteen people from four counties have been arrested in connection with the drug ring, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Alabama. Information about the operation was released Tuesday, but arrests began March 21 when officers raided the homes of Mark “Mighty Whitey” Elliott, 50, and William “Wild Bill” Elliott, 57, both of Autauga County 39, which is also known as County Line Road, said Autauga County Sheriff Herbie Johnson.

15 arrested in River Region drug raid

 

The men are brothers, and the arrests were the culmination of a yearlong undercover drug operation, he said.

  Mark 'Mighty Whitey' Elliott's home at 1560 Autauga County 39 was raided Tuesday.                                                      

Mark ‘Mighty Whitey’ Elliott’s home at 1560 Autauga County 39 was raided Tuesday                                                   

 

“When you work something like this, the investigation will often grow,” Johnson said. “You have to follow it to where it leads you. This was a good operation for everyone involved.”

Mark Elliott is the kingpin of the alleged drug operation, and his brother, William Elliot, was a trusted lieutenant, said Clark Morris, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Montgomery.

Mark Elliott lives at 1560 Autauga County 39, and William Elliott lives at 1657 Autauga County 39, records at the Autauga Metro Jail show. The Elliotts could not be reached for comment. Mark Elliott’s attorney, Susan James, could not be reached for comment. William Elliott’s attorney, Amy Cobb Smith, could not be reached for comment.

Mark Elliott has intimidated his neighbors for a long period of time, Johnson said.

“We have had call after call from the community up there,” he said. “We couldn’t tell them we were working up there. When this operation went off, it relieved a lot of folks in the community.”

On Tuesday afternoon, neighbors of Mark Elliott declined to comment about what had taken place.

News of the arrests was a hot topic of conversation at the Citgo station at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Autauga County 85. The convenience store is located about a mile from County Line.

“Mark always bragged about what he would do to people who minded in his business,” said Al Warren, who lives in the community. “He always said there were bombs and booby traps all over his property. When I heard about the raid, I drove up there. There were bomb dogs all over that place.”

Johnson declined to comment about what was found in the searches related to the operation, citing the ongoing investigation. Mark Elliott’s home is surrounded by a wooden privacy fence, marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” signs. In the ditch between the fence and the road are what appear to be several mock graves, with fake human skulls scattered around the area.

“There was strange things going on up there at that end of the road,” said Robert Little, who was filling up his Chevrolet Tahoe shortly after noon Tuesday. “The Elliott boys would drive tractors around at 2:30, 3 o’clock in the morning. I came home late one night after going to an Alabama game and they both were riding motorcycles without any headlights, just ripping up and down the road.

“Maybe now things will be quiet again, like it used to be.”

Law enforcement officers executed five federal search warrants and seized more than a pound of “ice” methamphetamine, more than 30 firearms, about $1,300 in cash and several vehicles that were being used to transport illegal drugs, according to information from the U.S. attorney’s office. Six of the 15 people arrested face federal charges relating to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The remaining nine people arrested face various state drug charges.

According the search warrant affidavits, Mark Elliott is a captain in the Aryan Brotherhood, a powerful prison gang with white supremacy beliefs. Several people in the case allegedly have used violence, threats of violence and intimidation to further its alleged drug dealing and money collection, Morris said.

Officers and agents served two search warrants in Montgomery, two in the Deatsville area of Autauga County and one in the Central community in Elmore County.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Central Alabama Drug Task Force, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, the Prattville Police Department and the Wetumpka Police Department.

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Law enforcement arrested 15 people, executed five federal search warrants and seized over a pound of “ice” methamphetamine, over 30 firearms, nearly $13,000 in cash and several vehicles that were being used to transport illegal drugs, through a joint effort by federal, state and local authorities.

Six of the 15 people arrested were arrested by the federal government for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Those arrested federally were Mark “Mighty Whitey” Elliott, 50 years old, of Deatsville; William “Bill” Elliott, 57 years old, of Deatsville; Wendell “Cain” Gaskin, 40 years old, of Deatsville; Willie C. Moody, 64 years old, of Montgomery; William Christopher Moody, 36 years old, of Montgomery; and Mark Allen Vinson, 43 years old, of Elmore. Mark “Mighty Whitey” Elliott, William “Bill” Elliott, Wendell “Cain” Gaskin, and Mark Vinson were all detained without bond pending trial. Willie C. Moody and Christopher Moody were allowed a bond while awaiting trial.

During this raid, nine of the 15 people were arrest by the State of Alabama for various drug crimes. Those arrested on State of Alabama charges were: Brandon Fuller, of Wetumpka, arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance and given a $5,000 bond; Faye Diane Allen of Wetumpka, arrested for three counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $30,000 bond; Bobby Roten of Millbrook, arrested for three counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $30,000 bond; Paul Bryant of Montgomery, arrested for two counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $20,000 bond; Caleb Elliott of Deatsville, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, and given a $1,000,000 bond; Brandon Horton of Wetumpka, arrested for two counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance, and given a $20,000 bond; Lindsey Lawrence of Deatsville, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, and given a $250,000 bond; Haley Dallas Hamrac of Deatsville, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and given a $1,500,000 bond; and Michael Lee Smith of Atmore, arrested for trafficking of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of controlled substance, and unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, and given a $515,000 bond.

Along with the arrests, law enforcement executed five federal search warrants, two in Montgomery, two in the Deatsville area of Autauga County, and one in the Central community in Elmore County. During the search warrants, law enforcement found lots of evidence of drug dealing including methamphetamine, firearms, cash and other items indicative of drug dealing.

According to the search warrant affidavit, Mark “Mighty Whitey” Elliott is a captain in the Aryan Brotherhood, a powerful prison gang with white supremacy beliefs. Elliott has tattoos of Swastikas, the words “White Power” and SS in lightning bolts on his body, all tattoos that indicate membership in the Aryan Brotherhood. Also, several individuals in this case have used violence, threats of violence and intimidation to further its drug dealing and to collect money.

“This investigation highlights the importance of our law enforcement partnerships,” stated Clay X. Morris, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Without the combined efforts of the law enforcement agencies involvement in the investigation, this organization would have continued to distribute pound quantities of methamphetamine throughout central Alabama. This investigation should send a clear and resounding message that we will not allow our communities to be poisoned by drugs or hate.”

“This investigation is more evidence that ATF’s commitment to combating violent crime is unwavering,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton. “We will utilize every resource to make our communities safer places to live.”

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. However, if convicted, the six federal arrestees are facing a minimum of ten years in jail and a maximum prison term of life. In the federal system, there is no parole.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Central Alabama Drug Task Force, the Autauga County Sherriff’s Office, the Wetumpka Police Department, the Prattville Police Department, Millbrook Police Department and the Montgomery Police Department.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Middle District of Alabama

 

 

 

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