Drug units arrest employee of Vices on Winchester Road

By  WHNT News

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  It’s an undercover drug sting operation that’s been going on for weeks. Tuesday, it led to the arrest of an employee at Vices Liquor Store on Winchester Road.



Agents arrested 37-year-old Kristopher Jay Wilken and booked him into the Madison County Jail.  He is being held on a $15,000 bond.



Lt. Michael Salomonsky, of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, said the case began about a month ago.



“The narcotics unit for the Sheriff’s Office received multiple complaints with regard to the distribution of oxycodone while he was at work at this location,” said Lt. Salomonsky. “So based on that information they conducted surveillance, they gathered intelligence, and they were able to make three buys from Mr. Wilken at this location.”



Wilken is charged with three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. The drug charges are Class B felonies and each count carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Lt. Salomonsky said Wilken often worked alone in the store located in Winchester Plaza, so it wasn’t unusual that it took time for the activity to be discovered.



“Narcotics distribution is a buyer and a distributor type business. It’s not talked about out loud,” said Lt. Salomonsky.



Salomonsky emphasized the store’s owner and other employees are not part of the investigation. He said they were not aware of the drug activity.
Kristopher Wilken (Photo: Madison County Jail)
Kristopher Wilken (Photo: Madison County Jail)
 
The Sheriff’s Office drug squad has just four or five officers to cover a vast area, so they rely on tips from citizens.

“We generate a lot of tips. Some are very good and the more information you give, the more explicitness you give, it’s better for us and it helps move the investigation along,” Lt. Salomonsky said.

Have a tip about drug activity? Call (256) ImA-Snitch.



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