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September 6, 2009

Drug sweep netted 25 arrests along with cash, narcotics

PALO PINTO – Two investigations over the past year by the City-County Narcotics Unit and the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Service resulted in 25 individuals being served with felony indictments Thursday morning for distributing narcotics in Palo Pinto County.

Thirteen people, six of whom were already booked into county jail or elsewhere on other charges, were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity for allegedly conspiring to deliver 400 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Twelve others were charged with unlawful delivery of narcotics – including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs – after they allegedly delivered drugs during undercover operations.

“We got all the subjects we were looking for,” Constable Gary Morris said Friday. “And we recovered more narcotics [and cash].”

About $5,000 in cash, narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized at three residences, according to Sheriff Ira Mercer.

Another man was also arrested during the round up on unrelated misdemeanor warrants.

“This will make an impact on the local drug trade,” Mercer said in a press release.

“It’s the first time since I’ve been in law enforcement that an operation like that has taken place in Palo Pinto County,” Morris said, who has been involved in the investigations since the beginning.

Bond was set at $200,000 for Edgar Ivan Cruz, 22, of Fort Worth, who, according to District Attorney Mike Burns, was the one who allegedly brought the methamphetamine into the area.

Cruz was already in Palo Pinto County jail when he and Rebecca Alcorn, 45, of Mineral Wells, were arrested July 19 at a residence on Harvey Road during a drug house raid. About 1 ounce of meth and a 1987 pickup allegedly used to bring the narcotics from Fort Worth were seized during the raid, according to information from the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office. Both were charged at that time with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

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