Agents Seize Cars, Guns, $4,875 and Pound of Weed in Drug Bust
Agents of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force conducted a large-scale drug bust last month that yielded two vehicles, two guns, almost $5,000 cash and nearly a pound of marijuana, according to court documents filed this week.
In a civil asset forfeiture complaint made public Friday, agents said that on November 3rd, they conducted a search warrant at an apartment in the University Downs complex on 15th Street.
Two brothers there, Justin and Jonathan Penn, were allegedly found with a large amount of marijuana spread across the property and in their vehicles. According to the complaint, agents discovered a total of 423 grams of marijuana, just under a pound, in five different spots.
Police also seized $4,875 cash from the brothers, including $60 in marked bills WANTF had previously used in a controlled drug buy.
The task force also seized two vehicles from the Penns, a 2012 Chevy Malibu and a 2005 Honda Accord, which officers believe were purchased with ill-gotten money and used to facilitate the transportation and sale of drugs.
Lastly, agents also seized two handguns from the brothers, a Glock 23 and a Keltec P-11.
20-year-old Jonathan Germarius Penn was arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and failure to affix a tax stamp.
His 24-year-old brother, Justin Penn, was charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance and one count of first-degree possession of marijuana.
Both brothers were placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail in early November and have since been released on bond.