FLASH STAFF REPORT
ERATH COUNTY (November 27, 2018) – Ten Erath County residents are among a reported 32 suspects taken into custody by federal authorities as part of an extensive and long-time drug investigation involving multiple counties.
Several of the suspects had been held in the Erath County Jail prior to being transferred to the Parker County Jail. All the suspects are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, the suspects were charged before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton.
The investigation is believed to have included suspects operating in Erath, Hamilton, and Hood Counties and there are still more arrests to come.
A complaint filed May 10 alleges that the defendants conspired to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine from July 2018 through January 2018.
The complaint alleges the operation grew and had a “fluid hierarchy” that involved reinvesting money made from drug sales back into the purchase of more drugs.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith known for pursuing the maximum sentence for drug offenders is prosecuting the case.