22 people charged with drug and firearms violations

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – Authorities with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rounded up 22 people for violating federal and state firearms and narcotics laws recently, according to an announcement released by U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Fulton, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven D. Anderson and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Norris on Tuesday.

Matthew Sims, 27, Michael Barrett, 42, Florence Welch, 38, Timothy Wooley, 20, Raregus Rice, 29, and LaJohnagan Sterling, 22, were all arrested on Tuesday in the Tuscaloosa area.

Three other people have not yet been arrested.

“Today ATF partnered with the Tuscaloosa Police Department and the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to take some of the worst offenders off the streets in areas that have become saturated with violent crime,” Vance said in a statement. “As Americans, we all have Second Amendment rights, but this does not mean we should or will tolerate the use of firearms by criminals.”

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