A Texas sting operation reportedly led to the arrest of four men for dealing methamphetamines near a hotel on May 18. When agents interrupted them in the middle of the drug transaction, one of the men allegedly seemed as though he was going to run over an officer with his vehicle, so an agent shot and injured the accused man.
A recent investigation into an abandoned pickup truck turned into a drug investigation after police located an alleged narcotics production lab. The incident began when police received a call concerning a truck parked near U.S. Highway 29 North. Investigating officers searched a nearby barn and found a plastic bottle they suspect was utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamines and arrested a couple found nearby. The arrested man was identified as the pickup truck's owner. Further examination of the vehicle allegedly revealed the presence of drug paraphernalia.
On May 3, a Department of Public Safety trooper stopped an eastbound car in Texas on Interstate 40. The reason for the stop was not disclosed. It has been reported that the officer searched the vehicle and allegedly found a quantity of substances that he believed to be illegal drugs.
Officials have charged a 23-year-old Texas man with several drug related charges including the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of a firearm. The charges are all related to the manufacture of methamphetamine alleged to have occurred in a trailer owned by the accused.
Police took four people, including a 51-year-old female and her 29-year-old son, into custody for drug charges in Punkin, located in Montgomery County, on Feb. 27. They were charged with selling methamphetamines from a travel trailer following police surveillance and a tip.After law enforcement observed the trailer based on a tip received regarding drug activity at the location, they noticed traffic that was allegedly consistent with such activity. A lieutenant followed a truck with four people inside after it stopped at the trailer for a short time. He observed two females inside who were not wearing seatbelts. One of the women sat on a man's lap and seemed to try to hide something in the truck.
The U.S. has increased drug enforcement tactics in both Mexico and the U.S., and the efforts have paid off. The Loredo customs port, the busiest in the nation, saw a marked rise in methamphetamines seizures in 2012. U.S. demand has driven the flow of drugs as the cartels continue their drug trafficking activities on both sides of the border. Customs and Border Protection agents throughout the area confiscated about 2,200 pounds of meth during fiscal 2012, up more than 100 percent from fiscal 2011. Fiscal 2011 saw more than a one-third increase from 2010. In contrast, CBP personnel in El Paso confiscated about 87 pounds of meth during fiscal 2012. Throughout Texas, CBP officers seized about 1.7 million pounds of drugs during fiscal 2012, which was more than the total seized in all of Arizona, New Mexico and California combined.
Following a lengthy investigation conducted by the Hill County Sheriff's Department, officers recently executed a search warrant at a mobile home located on Oak Run Road near Blum. The warrant authorized officers to search the home for methamphetamines. They allegedly located and seized a "significant amount" of controlled substances.A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with the raid and is being held in the Hill County jail. He was charged with possession of between four and 200 grams of a controlled substance and theft of property worth between $20,000 and $100,000.
Texas continues to crack down on methamphetamine drug crimes. The most recent incident involves a Texas man who was convicted of several drug trafficking offenses by a federal jury in Texas earlier this week.
Law enforcement officials have been investigating meth labs throughout the country and the increased effort has led to more methamphetamine lab seizures in some of the nation's biggest cities and suburbs. The increase in meth labs has put more communities on edge, including in Texas.
An effort between the Texas Deparmtnet of Public Safety and local police enforcement officers has yielded another drug trafficking charge for the state of Texas. This drug charge and guilty plea is just another example of the recent crackdown on drug crimes in Texas.