From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:
FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, Agents from ALEA Region F
Narcotics, ADETF Region F Narcotics, DeKalb County Narcotics Unit, Huntsville
(STAC) HIDA and United States Postal Inspectors, arrested Rayford Russell Jr (73 of
Rainsville) and charged him with Possession of Marijuana 1 st and Trafficking in any
This is a result of a long-term investigation that spans over an 8-month period. Agents
seized approximately 10 lbs. of methamphetamine that was being sent via Postal
Service, when Postal Inspectors intercepted the package. A controlled delivery of the
package followed with a search warrant being executed by the DeKalb County SRT
Team. The package was intended to be sent to Russell.
After interviews and further investigation, warrants were obtained for Russell. Over 40,000 dollars, a firearm and
property, that Russell obtained by illegal drug proceeds, were seized at the scene.
This case is still under investigation with more charges and arrest pending. Russell is
on Federal Probation from a Trafficking Charge he received in 2007.
All Arrests are public information and each person is innocent until proven guilty.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “These cases take
patience and many long days and nights. We have to make sure they are bullet-
proofed cases so the prosecution can do their part and a debt to society will surely be
paid by the offender.
This absolutely displayed a great working relationship from a local to federal level, and
we greatly appreciate that relationship and support displayed.
This is a huge WIN on the war on drugs in DeKalb County and I’m very proud of all
those men and women involved who made it happen. I hope the citizens of DeKalb
County see the effort that has been displayed in getting this poison off our streets.
AND….other drug dealers realize their turn in coming.
See you soon!
“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.