About Us

Mission Statement

We believe the essential elements of drug enforcement begin with education and prevention. Through community partnerships and the support of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force utilizes proactive and intelligence-led efforts to safeguard our community against the sale, distribution, and use of illegal narcotics.

About Us

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) has been in existence since January 1, 2004. The need for a full-time Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force was demonstrated in 2003 when the law enforcement leaders of this county came together and identified it to be a public safety issue and concern, and together they formed the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. This cooperative effort is designed to take a county-wide approach to the narcotics problems within Shelby County. The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force currently consists of law enforcement officers from four different agencies, an Operations Assistant from the Shelby County Commission, and a prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. We are primarily funded through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and the Shelby County Commission. Our jurisdiction includes all geographical areas within the boundaries of Shelby County and we are the lead agency for all felony drug arrests for Shelby County. Since inception, we have had outstanding success. Shelby County covers more than 785 square miles that includes seventeen incorporated municipalities. Shelby County has maintained a 3.3 percent annual population increase over the last several years with the current population estimated to be almost 195,000. The goals of the SCDETF, through the combined efforts of local, state, and federal agencies will seek out those groups or individuals to reduce the amount of illicit and illegal narcotics available within Shelby County, by vigorously investigating and prosecuting those individuals involved in the practice of manufacturing, distributing and using these drugs. Public sentiment against the illegal production, sale and illegal use of controlled substances has never been stronger. This public support serves as a solid foundation for needed and desired increases in the drug enforcement efforts in Shelby County. We are aware that drugs are both a cause and effect where drug crimes are often associated with satellite crimes of violence, theft, robbery, and murder. We know there is no easy method to eradicate the drug trade, which make them difficult to combat. However, we ask that the residents of Shelby County be patient and support us in our goals. We must work vigilantly to gain the respect and maintain the public trust.

The specific goals and directives of the SCDETF will be as follows:
  1. Initiate investigations involving all levels of drug dealers with the overall objectives of identifying and apprehending major traffickers.
  2. Assist police agencies on specific drug problems within their respective jurisdictions as needed.
  3. Share with other agencies information gathered as part of routine narcotics investigations.
  4. Provide training to the participating law enforcement agencies in the areas of narcotics investigations.
  5. Conduct public presentations to service clubs and civic groups at the request of participating agencies.

Executive Board of Directors

John Samaniego www.shelbyso.com
Shelby County Sheriff
Curtis Rigney www.cityofalabaster.com
Chief of Police, Alabaster Police Department
Larry Palmer www.pelhamonline.com
Chief of Police, Pelham Police Department
Jill Lee 18jc.alacourt.gov/
District Attorney, 18th Judicial Circuit

Our Staff

The Drug Task Force is comprised of 12 sworn law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Alabaster Police Department, Pelham Police Department, a full time prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, and an Operations Assistant from the Shelby County Commission. The Drug Task Force is commanded by Lieutenant Clay Hammac of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. The Task Force Commander is the final authority on issues concerning the daily operation of the Task Force. The Task Force Commander reports directly to the Chief Deputy of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Shelby County Sheriff, or the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Board of Directors. The Drug Task Force has two supervisors, who are responsible for the supervision of the day-to-day operations including case management, drug investigations, and search and arrest warrant executions. The majority of the supervisor's time is spent in the field assisting and supervising investigators with their assignments. Each investigator is highly trained and capable of investigating any type of drug complaint. They work closely with physicians, dentists, and pharmacists to reduce the amount of illicit and illegal pharmaceutical drugs available within Shelby County.