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4 in custody after brief car chase, foot chase in north Birmingham during heroin investigation; suspect rammed …

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An investigation into heroin trafficking in north Birmingham led to the arrests of four suspects Thursday after the primary suspect ran to a friend’s house in an attempt to elude lawmen.

State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Jon Riley said the incident began about 3 p.m. on Daniel Payne Drive. Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force agents were trying to arrest a heroin suspect when he fled in a vehicle and crashed into an agent’s vehicle.

The suspect, Riley said, fled to a home in the 3100 block of 21st Street North where there were three of his friends hanging out in the back yard. Once agents showed up there, all four took off running. One of them, Riley said, kicked in the door to an apartment in an effort to hide.

All four were quickly captured, and a firearm recovered from the scene. No injuries were reported.

Their names have not yet been released pending formal charges. The initial suspect will be charged with drug possession and drug distribution. Two of the other suspects will be charged with drug possession and the fourth with be charged with burglary for kicking in the door to someone’s apartment.

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