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Mobile Police Take down Suspected Leader of Crystal Meth Operation

The ring leader of a crystal methamphetamine importing and distributing operation in Mobile taken into custody by the Mobile Police Department on Friday morning.

The Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team arrested 43-year-old Corey Hghes after executing a search warrant at his home located on Wellborn Woods Drive in Mobile.

During the raid, officers seized half a kilo of crystal meth valued at over $50,000 along with two pistols in the home.

Hughes is prohibited from possessing a firearm since he is on parole for first-degree assault in Talladega County. He was deemed a convicted violent felon after being indicted in Talladega for attempted murder, but pled guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree assault.

A investigation by the MCSENT led police to believe that Hughes has been a ring leader in importing and distributing multiple pounds of crystal meth into the Mobile area.

Hughes is being held in Mobile County Metro Jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, first-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a pistol by prohibited person.

Due to a 1-year-old child living in his residence at the time of the arrest, he has an additional charge of chemical endangerment of a child.

Mobile police said they plan to present the case to federal authorities. If the case is taken over by federal authorities, Hughes could be prosecuted for violating federal drug and firearm laws.