Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Police Department, DEA and FBI local Dallas office worked together in arresting 21 Dallas gang members and seizing 200 pounds of drugs.
In addition to the arrests and the drugs, the authorities seized undisclosed number of weapons and amount of cash.
According to the Dallas PD, the group operated in the Northeast Dallas area for years more specifically in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.
Right after the authorities announced the results of the operation, many local residents who didn’t want to speak publicly said they now feel relieved knowing that their neighborhood is now a safer place for them and their children.
“That stops now. These street corners will be clean,” said Eduardo A. Chavez with the DEA Dallas Field Division. “We back the community in Hamilton Park, and Hamilton Park is forgotten no more.”
Wednesday, the DEA and other law enforcement agencies gave an update on a Tuesday drug bust netting 20 arrests.
“This 19-count indictment and arrests are a 15-month investigation targeting the ‘Hamilton Park Posse,’ a known gang in Dallas dedicated to drug distribution, violence, and senseless intimidation in the Hamilton Park neighborhood for far too long,” Chavez said.
Dallas Police Department, Grand Prairie and Garland police departments were part of the 15-month long operation called ‘Operation Shutdown Corner’. The officials with the department confirmed they were able to seize 200 pounds of different types of drugs including cocaine, marijuana and fentanyl. Additionally, dozens of weapons and hundreds of thousands of dollars were seized in the operation.
“The dope sold in Hamilton Park did not have an imaginary boundary in the one-and-a-half miles of Hamilton Park or even in the city limits of Dallas,” Chavez said. “Drug trafficking and violence affects every shred of where you may live.”
Some of the suspects that were arrested in the operation are well-known offenders to the local police. According to the Dallas PD, the gang members were involved in at least 70 crimes since 2019.
The DEA says there is one more person they have yet to arrest. The operation also included law enforcement agencies as far as California.