Walker County Sheriff’s Office

WCSO arrest, charge Mexican meth trafficker

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper Police Department’s Narcotics Division and the Alabama Department of Corrections’ K9 Tracking Unit conducted two separate operations Thursday morning in the Carbon Hill-Nauvoo area. A search warrant was executed at the home of Danny Lee McGough, 54, on Carbon Hill-Nauvoo Rd. Investigators seized approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine, pills, paraphernalia and firearms from the home. McGough has been placed in the county jail and charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. A separate buy/bust operation was conducted on a Mexican meth supplier from Bessemer.

Heriberto Brito Padilla, 40, of Bessemer, delivered two ounces of methamphetamine to undercover narcotics personnel in Walker County. He was taken into custody in Nauvoo by SWAT and Narcotics personnel. Padilla was placed in the county jail and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Homeland Security ICE was contacted and placed a federal detainer on Padilla, so he can be deported from the United States upon resolution of his trafficking charges in Walker County. Padilla has already been previously deported from the U.S. and has an arrest history in Burke County, North Carolina, for trafficking cocaine, along with other charges. Capt. Ralph Williams undertook the lengthy investigation that led to today’s arrests and seizures. “We are more effective when we go after the drug dealers and those outside of Walker County who bring in larger quantities of drugs, and today’s operations were examples of our continued efforts,” Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith said. “Our investigation has led us to believe that Padilla has a direct connection to drug cartels smuggling meth across the U.S. border.”