One individual has been charged with Narcotics Crimes by the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit in Etowah County, according to Sheriff Jonathan Horton.

  1. Roderick Lewis Barnes (42) of Gadsden has been charged with 2 counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine, 1 count of Trafficking Illegal Drugs (ECSTASY), 9 counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), 1 count of Unlawful Distribution of a controlled substance (ECSTASY), 1 count of Unlawful Distribution of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana First, and Possession of a Pistol by a Violent Felon.  (Subject was arrested and held on a ($1,285,000.00 Dollar Surety Bond).

     On November 2, 2021 Agents with the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit and the Etowah County Join Special Operations Group executed a search warrant at 608 Randall Street Gadsden, Alabama.  The search of the residence revealed a large quantity of Methampetamine (approx. 1.5 pounds), a large quantity of ECSTASY Pills, a quantity of Marijuana, and 6 firearms.  This investigation has been going on for about 10 months.  The search warrant at the residence followed a lengthy investigation involving sales of Methamphetamine, ECSTASY Pills, and Marijuana.

     This case is still ongoing and there could be additional federal charges related to this case.

The Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit, Gadsden Police Department, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, Etowah County Joint Special Operations Group and the North Alabama FBI Criminal Enterprise Task Force participated in the case.