Arrests continue to be made relating to Wednesday’s pre-dawn roundup by local, state and federal authorities.
According to a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman, warrants had been issued for 14 people on federal drug charges, with 32 people wanted on state charges.
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s Mobile Enforcement Team, and the Waxahachie and Ennis police departments among other participating agencies, made the majority of arrests Wednesday.
As of Friday evening, 30 of the 32 people wanted on state warrants had been picked up. Fourteen people also are wanted on federal drug charges, with at least five of those in custody.
A list of the names of those arrested on state charges was released by the sheriff’s department drug task force Friday evening. The list is available in the Sunday edition of the Daily Light. Information on the federal arrests remains incomplete and not immediately available for release.
Sheriff Ray Stewart said the operation - which began in spring 2006 as a cooperative effort among several agencies - is ongoing.
“They’ve been working the whole county. We’re going to make a big impact,” Stewart said. “We’ll have another phase coming. We’re not going to let it lie, we’re going to keep it going.”
Since the operation’s official startup in March 2006, more than $425,000 worth of methamphetamine (8 pounds) has been recovered, along with 115 grams of crack cocaine and 86 grams of ecstasy. The operation has succeeded in shutting down several clandestine labs, although authorities say much of the county’s methamphetamine is smuggled in from labs in Mexico.
The operation also has seen the recovery of 17 firearms, with the arrest total up to about 90 people as of this week since the coordinated effort between the different agencies got under way.
“This has been the largest roundup in the history of the sheriff’s office and Ellis County,” Stewart said. “Our efforts to identify and investigate drug trafficking and possession of drugs and to identify those involved in Ellis County will continue.”
The federal charges will be prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, with the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office handling the prosecution of the state charges.
“The Ellis County Sheriff’s narcotics unit, working in cooperation with the DEA, has filed numerous cases arising out of this investigation,” Ellis County and District Attorney Joe Grubbs said. “Without the interagency cooperation shown in the operation, the results would clearly not have been as successful.”
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