SAN ANTONIO — From Central to South Texas, task force agents broke down doors and rounded up drug suspects as Monday turned to Tuesday.
It was a sweep that resulted in about 30 arrests – so far – and the seizure of dangerous narcotics.
Prisoner transport vans stood at the ready at the federal courthouse as the first wave of suspects had an initial magistrate appearance and were taken to jail around 2 p.m.
The day began much earlier, though, with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as other state and local agencies, knocking down doors.
The DEA claims they arrested gang members with violent histories in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and McAllen.
A man working to repair damage to the front door said federal agents showed up around 6 a.m. and took two men into custody. The man said one person was the target of the investigation, and another man in the home was found to be in possession of drugs.
The teams also hit addresses in northwest San Antonio on Blind Lane, Gold Hill and other locations as well.
“We initiated a series of arrest warrants in a long-term narcotics investigation that's been ongoing here in San Antonio," said DEA Spokesperson Dante Sorianello.
The targets had documented criminal histories.
“Some of the individuals who have been arrested are associates and members of gangs, such as Tango Orejon,” Sorianello said.
Although Sorianello would not comment on the amount of drugs that were seized, he said “the drugs involved range from heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.”
Mary Torres lives near a home that was raided. She couldn't believe it.
"It has always been a quiet neighborhood," she said.
The DEA says this was part of a year-long investigation. More information is expected to be released by the U.S. Attorney’s office Wednesday.
The agents said the round-up is continuing and more arrests are expected.
The Tango Orejon's are part of a clique related to the Tango Blast. According to DPS, they pose the greatest gang threat to our state. There an estimated 25,000 members. Their top three crimes are assault, robbery and homicide.
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