The search of a Southwest Arlington home by federal authorities Friday morning is reportedly linked to a major meth trafficking ring in Texas.
NBC 5 was the only station there as more than a dozen Arlington Police officers and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration served a warrant on a home in the 6300 block of Big Springs Drive. They searched the inside of the house, a car in the garage and around the backyard.
The Waco Tribune-Herald published a report Friday afternoon that cites the DEA and federal prosecutors as saying 25 people, including several in Dallas, Arlington, and Grand Prairie, were arrested Thursday and Friday for their alleged roles in a major meth trafficking ring. According to that report, Mexican drug cartels would bring the meth to the DFW area, where it was broken down, then distributed to other parts of the state.
They say authorities began making arrests several months ago and have now arrested 87 people on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
When asked if they could confirm the report, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas said indictments in the case were sealed -- and because of that, they could not comment further.
It’s not yet clear how many arrests were made at the Arlington home. At one point during the search, officers escorted multiple children and a dog out of the house. A shattered window on the side of the house was also visible.
Neighbors say they’ve never seen that kind of law enforcement presence on their typically quiet street.
“I think for the general population, it’s a little concerning to find out there’s criminals in your neighborhood,” said Raphael Brooks, who lives on Big Springs Drive. “So it’s a little shocking. But it’s real life. There are people who are doing things every day.”
Arlington Police say prior to Friday, their officers had only been called out to that address once. That was back on March 4, 2013 for a report of a suspicious person.