North Texas task force fights drug trafficking

North Texas task force fights drug trafficking

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - A task force made up of multiple law enforcement units across North Texas made multiple raids Thursday morning leading to 22 arrests of people they suspect traffic drugs in Texoma.

"This is what law enforcement looks like," FBI Dallas Special Agent Eric Jackson said to describe the Safe Streets Task Force. It is a team that includes the FBI, Texas DPS, deputies from Wichita County, and police officers from Wichita Falls and Vernon.

"We've got officers that are assigned with the FBI to the Safe Streets Task project," Wichita Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego said.

"The Safe Streets task force started investigating a drug trafficking organization in [September] 2014," U.S. Attorney for North Texas Erin Nealy Cox said.

The task force officers were in charge of 'Operation Flat Rate,' code-named after a part of Vernon know as 'The Flat.'

FBI agents said the mission led to 55 people being indicted and 53 arrested. They used surveillance, monitored cell phone messages, used informants and undercover drug buys to round up the suspects

"We were able to get a lot of intelligence that finally leads to the names we need and making cases," Chief Borrego said.

"It's not just one direct person that linked it. It's all culminating from instances from people in Vernon being arrested in the Metroplex that got this whole ball started," Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said.

Sheriff Duke said the task force not only helped bring down two major drug operations in Texoma, one in Vernon and another in Wichita Falls, but its helped put others accused of trafficking drugs behind bars.

"It's just that working together is just paramount," Sheriff Duke said.

Cox announced two more Federal Prosecutors are assigned to Wichita County and surrounding areas to put the 55 suspects indicted behind bars.

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