In Houston Texas, a total of 50 people are now in custody following one of the largest major law enforcement operations in South Texas in recent years, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. The crimes allegedly involved drug trafficking and related activities in the Houston and Galveston areas. “I commend this multi-agency effort involving law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama,” said Lowery. “Their diligent efforts further our common goal of dismantling whom we believe are drug trafficking organizations by targeting their leadership and soldiers as well as intercepting narcotics and suspected ill-gotten financial gains.”
During the coordinated law enforcement effort that spanned multiple jurisdictions and states, authorities took a total of 50 people into custody. The charges remain sealed as to those charged but not as yet in custody. They are considered fugitives and warrants remain outstanding for their arrests. “This collaborative effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies both locally and nationally shows our mission is unified in apprehending those that allegedly bring drugs, crime and unrest to our communities,” said Comeaux. Authorities have seized more than 150 kilograms of cocaine, over 140 kilograms of meth, approximately six and 18 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl, respectively, as well as more than 500 kilograms of marijuana, according to the charges. Furthermore during a recent operation, law enforcement also found over 100 kilograms combined of suspected cocaine, fentanyl and marijuana in addition to 39 firearms. If convicted, some could face up to life In federal prison and pay hundreds of thousands in fines. The arrests are the culmination of 14-month Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation (OCDETF) dubbed Operation Twisted Tea.