Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Federal and local law enforcement teamed up Tuesday morning in a county-wide sting netting 30 individuals on narcotics warrants.
The narcotics task force began serving 106 warrants on 97 people charged with delivery of controlled substances shortly after 9 a.m. The teams met up at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility for briefing prior to the day-long sting.
The Port Arthur News rode along with one of the teams as they made their way through the El Vista and Port Acres areas of town knocking on doors and making arrests.
In some of the instances the suspect was not at home but the first half of the day was fruitful with the arrest of one female and one male at different locations.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Rod Carroll said the arrest warrants were issued by Justice of the Peace Ken Dollinger and Nancy Beaulieu. The bonds range between $7,500 and $100,000. These cases were made in virtually every community in Jefferson County.
In total there were 40 cases in Beaumont, 25 cases in Port Arthur, 18 cases in Nederland, five cases in Port Neches, three cases in Groves, three cases in Hamshire, and one case each in Fannett and China.
“These cases were made in the past 12 months,” Carroll said. “The illegal drugs purchased during this undercover operation include the following: Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Synthetic Marijuana, Ecstasy and PCP. Plus, illegally diverted pharmaceutical drugs, including: Valium, Dilaudid, Oxycodone, Lorcet, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Codeine, and steroids.”
Making undercover cases, he added, is a never ending, important part of the mission.
And while some of the defendants are street level dealers several were mid-level distributors.
“It is important to remember that while in most cases, the amounts purchased by police are limited by the funds available, the majority of these drug dealers are active, every day, on-going threats to our community,” he said.
A number of agencies took part in the round-up including: Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, the police departments in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Nederland, Port Neches an Groves, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Marshall’s office.