On November 18, 2019 at approximately 3:00 PM, while conducting a highway
criminal interdiction operation in North Texas, members of the North Texas
Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on a recreational
vehicle. While speaking with the driver, an NTXCIU deputy suspected that
criminal activity was afoot. The driver of the recreational vehicle consented to
a search and approximately 976 pounds of marijuana and over 2000 dosage
units of THC concentrate vaping cartridges were discovered. One (1) subject
was arrested. The origin of the contraband was California with a final
destination of Georgia.
In December 2017, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, Grayson County
Sheriff Tom Watt, Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, Parker County Sheriff
Larry Fowler, Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson, Smith County
Sheriff Larry Smith, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn and Wise County
Sheriff Lane Akin came together to formulate a plan to help stem the flow of
illegal narcotics and human trafficking victims being transported across the
open highways and Interstates of North Texas. Concerned about human
trafficking and the opioid epidemic that is afflicting the Nation, these Sheriffs
agreed to combine their resources and create the North Texas Criminal
Interdiction Unit (NTXCIU): a team of specially trained deputy sheriffs
whose mission it is to interdict dangerous drugs, narcotics, contraband and
human cargo on established smuggling corridors across North Texas. This
eight-agency initiative is the first of its kind in Texas and the United States.
An integral part of this initiative is the cooperating Sheriff’s agreement that
any of the deputies assigned to this unit have jurisdictional authority to
operate and make arrests within any of the participating counties.
The point of contact for this press release is Collin County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer Captain Nick Bristow, who can be reached at
Photo courtesy of Collin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.