Mugshots Released of Defendants Arrested in Multi-Agency Drug Sting

- Young County sheriff's officials are releasing the names of more than 20 people arrested, and accused of being in an organized drug trafficking ring.

That bust happened yesterday and was actually part of an investigation that started three and a half years ago.

Investigators say more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine have been seized since the investigation began.  Although a few of the people arrested are from Jacksboro, Iowa Park and the Dallas area, most are from Young County.

And sheriff's officials say the arrest involved more than just drugs.

The list of defendants is long. In fact, Young County sheriff's officials say all of the names make up a wall they're happy to recognize, with each of the 26 pictures displaying the words "in custody."

Some of those arrests were made Tuesday at a house in the 300 block of South Street in Graham. However, that wasn't the first time the multi-agency investigation brought officials here. Nearly a year ago 15 local law enforcement agencies were at the same house and arrested 5 people in an alleged burglary ring.

"That seizure of the stolen property was close to a half a million dollars," says Sheriff Bryan Walls.

And, as officials take a closer look at stolen property seized over the past three-and-a-half years, Young County Sheriff Bryan Walls, says this raid, as well as the one last May and others over the past few years, could help close some unsolved theft cases.

"Any law enforcement agency will tell  you that your methamphetamine impacts your thefts and your burglaries because that's how these individuals are able to get the methamphetamine by stolen property and trading it or however that," Sheriff Walls explains.

Sheriff Walls won't say just how many past cases could be closed from this multi-agency sting but he does say this investigation is far from over.

Overall, this case has resulted in the arrest and/or indictment of more than 65 defendants. Tuesday, 26 were arrested under sealed indictments for first degree felony offenses of engaging in organized criminal activity.

And Sheriff Walls say the search continues for four addition people. The Young County Sheriff's Office have released the mugshots of the following defendants.

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