By CLINT FOSTER
PALO PINTO COUNTY – After an eight month long investigation, regional law enforcement have made 19 arrests and confiscated six pounds of methamphetamine in a drug bust stretching from Palo Pinto County to the City of Dallas.
The City County Narcotics Unit led the operation with the help of the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department, Mineral Wells Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Palo Pinto County constables and the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit. In addition to the illegal drugs, law enforcement confiscated $11,000 in illegal cash proceeds and five firearms in Dallas. According to a press release, as of Thursday afternoon, all but two subjects involved in the organized drug ring were arrested, with 18 having received indictments from the Palo Pinto Grand Jury in September for engaging in organized criminal activity.
“This was one of the bigger drug deals we’ve gotten into in a long time,” Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer said. “I mean, six pounds of meth is a ton of meth. That’s nearly 3,000 grams of meth. So, that’s a lot of dope.”
According to a CCNU source, the meth seized was in a pure form known as “ice,” valued at an estimated wholesale price between $10,000 and $13,500 per pound.
The investigation discovered that Dallas was the source of the bulk of the meth, which was then eventually distributed by local individuals in Palo Pinto County. Mercer said the meth in Dallas was most likely coming from a Mexican drug cartel.
“Unfortunately there’s not much we can do about that part of it, but if we can shut down the source and shut down the locals, it curtails it for a while,” he said in reference to the drugs from Mexico. “I’m proud of the effort that everybody put in. There was a lot of time, money and resources that went toward it, but it was certainly a fruitful deal as far as trying to curtail the local drug problem.”