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Cuero Police bust 20 residents for drugs

By Sonny Long
April 27, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.

Cuero police arrested 20  people on Friday, culminating a 14-month undercover narcotics operation. Confiscated during the arrests were about 12.5 ounces of marijuana, about 37 grams of cocaine, $1,045 in cash, a pistol and various narcotics paraphernalia.

Cuero police have arrested 20 people as the result of a 14-month undercover narcotics investigation, Police Chief Jay Lewis said Friday during a news conference.

"Operation Spring Cleaning" concluded Friday when warrants were served and the 20 people arrested. Six other suspects remain at large, Lewis said.

The police chief would not release the names of those arrested until they had been arraigned. All were arrested without incident, he said.

"One of the goals that I had last year when I took office in January was zero tolerance," Lewis said. "That's been at the forefront of what we want to do."

Officers seized about 12.5 ounces of marijuana, 37 grams of cocaine, $1,045 in cash, a semi-automatic pistol and various other narcotics paraphernalia, according to a news release issued during the news conference.

Police also seized three vehicles and have court orders to confiscate three additional vehicles.

Cuero Police were assisted in the warrant roundup by agents from the Texas Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Lewis said confidential informants played a role in the investigations.

Most of the charges will be for delivery of a controlled substances.

"Every case was pre-screened with the district attorney's office," said Lewis, who added that all the transactions made by undercover officers except one were videotaped and that one is an audio recording.

"That's a safeguard for us, too," Lewis said. "That's standard procedure."

About a dozen officers hit the street about 4 a.m. Friday and concluded the arrests about 10 a.m.

Those arrested, all of whom are Cuero residents, included three women, who range from a 17-year-old to a 53-year-old grandmother, Lewis said.

Cuero Mayor Sara Meyer, who attended the news conference along with City Manager Raymie Zella, praised the work of the Cuero Police Department.

"On behalf of the citizens of Cuero I want to express a great deal of appreciation for your work and your dedication," Meyer said. "Because of your work, time and effort, we all sleep safe at night and tonight we definitely will be safer."

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