Sheriff’s drug unit receives DEA appreciation
Members of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit received recognition from the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Thursday for the part they played in a major drug operation in March.
Denton County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Scott, Sgt. Jeff Davis, Investigator Corey Chambers and Investigator Shane Norie received appreciation awards from Mike Dromgoole, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas DEA.
The agency coordinated a massive drug investigation that began in December, 2004, targeting several large-scale, violent methamphetamine drug trafficking organizations operating in south central Oklahoma and North Texas.
Federal and state grand jury indictments were returned against 108 defendants. On March 7, 2006, most of them were arrested during a round-up operation involving more than 200 local, state and federal police officers and agents, including members of the Denton County Drug Enforcement Unit.
More than 100 drug purchases were made by confidential sources or undercover officers, and a total of 167 drug exhibits were seized, including about 19 pounds of methamphetamine, 572 grams of “crack” cocaine and 2,650 grams of marijuana. In addition, $166,880 in cash and approximately 64 weapons, including several assault rifles, were seized.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dromgoole said the success of the operation was made possible by the leadership and tireless efforts of the many state and local officers who played major roles in the day-to-day operations and the long term planning and execution of the operation.
“This has been an outstanding demonstration of law enforcement helping communities to take back their neighborhood,” Agent Dromgoole said. “Since the round-up of over 100 defendants, local officers in Oklahoma and Texas have been stopped and offered thanks for their hard work and dedication in ridding the area of drug dealers who poisoned neighborhoods.”
The Denton County Drug Enforcement Unit was formed in April, 2005, as part of the Sheriff’s Office reorganization by Sheriff Benny Parkey.
“Criminals don’t recognize jurisdictional boundaries, so it is vital that the Sheriff’s Office has the means to work with other state and federal agencies.” Sheriff Parkey said. “Cooperative efforts such as this help keep our neighborhoods and communities safe for families to raise their children, and we will continue to work to keep them that way.”