Early Thursday morning, a law enforcement operation was conducted as part of an ongoing investigation into the drug trafficking of methamphetamine.
Approximately 300 law enforcement officers from the FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, HSI-Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Texas Department of Public Safety, Castro County Sheriff's Office and the Hereford Police Department descended on several locations in Dimmitt, Hart, Hereford, rural Deaf Smith County and rural Swisher County.
As the result of the investigation, 17 individuals were arrested on federal drug charges and 3 individuals were arrested on State drug charges and one individual who was in jail was served with an arrest warrant for drug charges from the investigation. One individual was arrested in Milano, Texas on a federal warrant.
A large quantity of methamphetamine was seized, along with cash, and numerous firearms. The investigation is continuing.