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Largest cocaine seizure in the history of Red Oak

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Maria Dowding

The Ellis County Press

RED OAK – The largest cocaine seizure in Red Oak history occurred Tuesday, March 16.

The Red Oak Police Department, the narcotics division with the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas, the State Police and the Highway Patrol worked together with a search warrant at a residence for suspected drug activity in the Harmony subdivision of Red Oak.

The property is on Brook Hollow Lane and the warrant was executed in the evening by the Department of Public Safety agents, the Red Oak Police Department and the Dallas County Sheriff’s SWAT team.

Sixty pounds of marijuana was found in one pound packages. Also found were four kilos of cocaine along with two stolen weapons which were a 380 handgun and a 9 MM handgun.

Residents have been arrested and charged however the names have been withheld pending further investigation.

The Dallas SWAT had officers on site along with Red Oak Detective Gary Dollar, Officer Dustin Bragg, Sergeant Jim Langham and Sergeant Nick Flores.

The investigation stretches over several states and includes a multi-state effort.

According to Officer Flores, the drug issue is epidemic nationwide; almost insuring Red Oak would eventually get a dealer.

Flores went on to say, "The success of keeping big dealers out of Red Oak is due to neighborhood watch, community involvement, and the ability of the police department to get appropriate investigations initiated."

Flores went on to say if anyone suspects something illegal is going on with drugs or suspects any other illegal activity to notify law enforcement. They will follow up.

Following a preliminary investigation, a warrant for the search was obtained. Once everything was in place, the warrant was served at 3 p.m.; the search of the residence was completed at 5 a.m.

Flores said, "once suspects are arrested it may take weeks, months and sometimes years to follow up on all the information depending on the involvement around this arrest."

The police started with a tip and then continued to work the case until it led to the drugs.

The success of this case is in part due to the improved techniques now available to law enforcement.

Some cases lead out of the country and the search is turned over to the local police departments in the new country. Flores also pointed out, there is no such thing as small town crime due to the international reach of some criminals.

In Red Oak, police have found petty theft and burglaries can also lead to drug issues because they may be used to pay for drug activity.

The Red Oak police work closely with other law enforcement agencies and the community to combine resources and maximize all agencies ability to fight crime.

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