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Police Officer of the Year
11/21/2003  Officer of the Year James Carter

During the past year, Officer James Carter has made approximately 26 drug arrests, most of which were felonies.  As result of his self-initiation and strong work ethic, he has been able to develop valuable information and informants for the narcotics unit.  According to our narcotics investigators, information provided by Carter has been used to make numerous drug trafficking and distribution cases.  

 On June 16, 2003, while investigating a self-initiated suspicious situation, Carter discovered 90 grams of high quality marijuana, commonly referred to as “kindbud”,  along with $7,101 in cash.  This money had just been received from the sale of 1.5 pounds of marijuana.  Two people are charged in connection with this case.  Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of five other individuals for trafficking in marijuana, the seizure of an additional $4,000 in cash and the confiscation of an additional 24 pounds of kindbud marijuana.  This marijuana commonly sells on the street for approximately $4,000 to $5,000 a pound.  The individual arrested with the 24 pounds of marijuana was considered to be the biggest dealer of kindbud marijuana in the Birmingham metro area.   

Carter exemplifies this department’s philosophy of pro-active policing.  His positive attitude, self-initiation and work ethic have certainly been a formula for success.  Officer Carter is undoubtedly an asset to this agency and his efforts are to be commended; therefore, it is a pleasure to recommend Officer James Carter for Officer of the Year.