Sheriff's Offices Join Forces To Crack Down On Drug, Human Trafficking

Andrew Greenstein
May 30, 2018 - 5:39 pm
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MCKINNEY (1080 KRLD) - Seven North Texas sheriff's departments join forces to crack down on drug and human trafficking.

The North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit launched in December, and it includes the sheriff's departments in Collin, Tarrant, Parker, Wise, Rockwall, Hunt and Grayson counties.

Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn says the unit is a force multiplier.

"You got people from the different areas sharing different intelligence that when all the pieces are put together, things happen. And they happen for the good," Sheriff Waybourn says.

And since its launch, things have happened for the good.

"Several hundred pounds of dope (have been seized), and two children that have been recovered so far and two capital murder suspects arrested," Sheriff Waybourn says.

The capital murder suspects are among 57 who have been arrested overall, and more than $60,000 in hidden currency have been seized.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin says his and other departments are working to stay one step ahead of the traffickers.

"There's been a drastic change in the way drugs have been trafficked in Texas just because of the pressure that's been put on the border," Sheriff Akin says.

Sheriff Waybourn says he hopes more counties will join the interdiction unit.

"The more counties that we connect, the better the intelligence will be," he says.