by Emily Waldrep
Five major Woodville and Doucette drug dealers are behind bars after an ongoing undercover drug operation by the Woodville Police Department was able to make several drug purchases from Derek Brooks, age 49, of Woodville, Kendrick Kirkwood of Woodville, Charles Releford Jr., age 23, of Woodville, Tony Gray, age 50, of Woodville and Ernest Williams, age 25, of Hillister.
According to Mike McCulley, the arrests are a result of a six month long investigation that included undercover officers making buys from some of the most prevalent drug dealers in the county, as well as undercover operations utilizing officers with the Police Department. McCulley said that Officer Borel and Officer Hicks of the Woodville police department logged in several hours during the past months to make the arrests happen. They also worked on obtaining information from the public about these drug dealers that assisted in making this operation a success.
"There will be more arrests coming," McCulley said.
In addition to the arrests, the Rump Shakers Club in Doucette could be seized after the proprietor, Derek Brooks, was caught selling drugs there.
"During our investigation we were able to make a case on Brooks, and he was subsequently arrested, and there has also been an affidavit of seizure presented to the prosecutor's office to seize the Rump Shakers property as a result of drugs being sold on that property," McCulley said.
According to police, the five men arrested are repeat offenders who have all seen either jail time or harsh probation.
"We hope this will make them stop selling; but if not, we will continue to make it difficult for them to sell drugs in these areas of the city and county," McCulley said.
Brooks, Kirkwood, Releford, Gray and Williams were all charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance and their bonds were each set at $30,000.