FT. WORTH, TX. -- Following a year-long Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into narcotics trafficking in North and East Fort Worth, law enforcement arrested eight members and associates of the Crips criminal street gang on October 19th. The narcotics trafficking charges are outlined in several federal criminal complaints, which have been unsealed as to those defendants arrested. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, and cash. The announcement was made today by Special Agent in Charge James Capra of the Dallas Division of the DEA and U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
“The arrests made today mark a significant step in the dismantlement of a violent crack cocaine distribution organization that threatened our community,” said Special Agent in Charge Capra. “The success of this operation is largely due to the combined resources and partnerships of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who are committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of the good people of North Texas.”
“Today’s arrests continue to illustrate our District’s continuing collaboration with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners in taking down drug trafficking networks that plague our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña. “I commend the dedicated efforts of the DEA, the Fort Worth Police Department, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Unit, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and the North Richland Hills Police Department in this OCDETF investigation.”
All defendants are charged with conspiracy or possession with intent to distribute cocaine or heroin, or both. All those arrested are expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton, beginning tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth.
The following defendants are in custody:
A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matters to a grand jury for indictment.
The statutory penalty for the offenses charged in the complaints are imprisonment for a period not to exceed 20 years and/or a $1 million fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bret Helmer is in charge of the prosecution.