The Commerce Journal

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December 10, 2009

Commerce police aid feds in cocaine bust

Local law enforcement agencies participated in Tuesday morning’s crackdown on crack cocaine trafficking in Hunt County.

Personnel from both the City of Commerce Police Department and the Texas A&M; University-Commerce Police Department were among the officers from some 20 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, along with soldiers from the Texas National Guard, who were involved in making dozens of arrests across North Texas during the operation, supervised by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Mobile Enforcement Team (MET).

“The combined efforts of the agencies involved in this investigation have made a tremendous impact on the trafficking of drugs in Hunt County, thus making our communities much safer,” said Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews. “With the help of the DEA’s Mobile Enforcement Team, drug dealers are being put behind bars.”

As of Tuesday evening, 39 people had been arrested in Greenville on state and/or federal drug charges, with a dozen transported to Dallas for appearances in federal court.

A report issued Wednesday from the Commerce Police Department dispatch revealed there were six arrests made locally Tuesday, with three prisoners transported.

“We certainly appreciate the hard work of the DEA, Greenville Police Department, and Commerce Police Department in this joint action,” said Noble D. Walker, Jr., Hunt County District Attorney. “This was quite an operation by local and federal Officers in our continuing efforts to combat drug dealing in the community. As a result, several individuals have been arrested and will be facing criminal prosecution for their actions.”

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