Twenty alleged drug dealers and their associates have been arrested and charged in “Operation Shut Down Corner,” announced DEA Special #Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez.
The operation – which involved more than 150 agents and officers from the #North #Texas OCEDTF Strike #Force – focused on #Hamilton #Park, a north #Dallas neighborhood that has long been plagued by crime driven by a violent gang known as the #HamiltonParkPosse.
During the investigation, DEA agents and their law enforcement partners #seized 37 guns, 220 lbs of drugs (including cocaine, #fentanyl-laced counterfeit #pills, methamphetamine, and #marijuana), $420,000 in assets (including #US currency, vehicles, and #jewelry).
Sixteen defendants have been charged in two indictments alleging a variety of crimes, including conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, maintaining drug involved premises, using cell #phones to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.
Many of the defendants arrested in Operation Shutdown Corner have extensive criminal histories and have faced charges including aggravated assault, battery, robbery, theft, forgery, drug possession, weapon possession, and terroristic threats.
Special DEA Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez said,“As the layers of this investigation began to reveal themselves, we identified a highly organized, poly-drug distribution organization, feeding our streets with cocaine, crack-cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, and deadly counterfeit prescription drugs containing fentanyl.” “The Hamilton Park area of Dallas was once described to me as a ‘Forgotten Neighborhood.’ That stops now.”