"It's a difficult thing to deal with," Mercer said. "Nobody wants to get caught; they don't do it in front of two district judges and a notary public."
Fighting drug use in any community is a constant battle. But what does law enforcement do with a drug once it is seized? After all, six pounds of meth is an awful lot.
Mercer explained the drugs are analyzed, weighed and quantified before being locked away in a secure evidence vault. From their it can be used as evidence in the cases against all those arrested. But ultimately, the meth has to be destroyed. This can be a tricky process, especially considering how often meth labs explode in the process of even making the drug.
"In the old days, we used to flush it down the commode," Mercer said. "But now there's chemical labs that deal with it for us and we have to witness it and sign off on it and all that kind of thing. This quantity of meth is unusual."
Mercer said that, while drugs cannot be totally eliminated from Palo Pinto County, this bust was a major step toward curtailing the local issue.
"There's no doubt in my mind that this group we're dealing with was dealing all over North Central Texas," he said. "I don't think we got all of them, but we certainly got the ones that were bringing it here. Quite frankly, it's pretty disheartening that we can't do anything about the drugs crossing the border. But that's definitely where this is coming from.
"We've done this a number of times over the years and history has proven it's a never-ending battle. We can't quit fighting. Hopefully this will slow it down and help make things better here in Palo Pinto County."