Narcotics/ SWAT – Barricaded Person(s) Incident – 2100 Block of Chatham Square Court

On March 21, 2017, at about 8:54 p.m., Dallas Narcotics officers were serving a warrant in the 2100 block of Chatham Square Court. As Narcotics officers reached the front of the residence, shots were fired at the officers. The situation was then treated as a barricaded person(s) incident. Dallas SWAT officers were notified and responded to the scene. Eventually, three individuals were taken into custody without incident. No officers were injured. The investigation is ongoing. This incident is documented on case number 063868-2017.

2015 Drug Arrests in Dallas

Below is a summary of the drug trends and arrest numbers in Dallas. The top 5 most abused drugs in Dallas are:

  1. Marijuana
  2. Cocaine
  3. Methamphetamine
  4. Prescription drugs
  5. Heroin

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Marijuana is widely used and is seen as a less serious crime, but still remains a profitable business for drug dealers.

Cocaine continues to be an issue in our neighborhoods as those addicted to the drug commit crimes of opportunity and those selling the drugs commit violent offenses.

Methamphetamine appears to be on the rise. The threat is not only the addiction of our citizens, but also the danger of the extremely flammable cook and conversion labs in our neighborhoods.

Prescription drugs present unique challenges because of the     variety of sources. Doctors over prescribe medications and have them filled at “pill mills”. Patients with legitimate prescriptions also sell them. Another concern is adults and young people who steal them from the medicine cabinets of family members.

Heroin and other opiates are re-emerging nationwide. There are various local and national programs focusing on the treatment of heroin addiction.

If you have any information about drug dealers or drugs at your school, contact the Dallas ISD Police Department at (214) 932-5627.

If you have any information about drug dealers or drug locations, contact the Dallas Police Department Narcotics Division at (214) 671-3120.

Master Sergeant Erma White Bids Farewell to Air National Guard and Dallas Police Department

Master Sergeant Erma White and Sergeant Vertis McKinney, #7693

Master Sergeant Erma White and Sergeant Vertis McKinney, #7693

Master Sergeant Erma White of the Air National Guard has been an integral part of the Dallas Police Department Narcotics Division for more than 15 years. Her National Guard assignment was to serve as a liaison officer between the Air National Guard and the Department. For years, she worked in the Narcotic’s Intelligence Squad alongside Dallas detectives on a daily basis and provided computer and intelligence support to narcotics personnel. After 23 years with the Air National Guard, Master Sergeant White retired from service on January 30, 2015. Her retirement ended her time with the Dallas Police Department as well.  

The Dallas Police Department and Narcotics Division will miss Master Sergeant Erma White and wishes her the best as she steps down and enters another chapter in her life. Sergeant White was presented with a shadow box filled with Dallas Police insignia, as she stands with her  supervisor, Sergeant Vertis McKinney, #7693.

The Dallas Police Department extends thanks to Master Sergeant Erma White for exemplary service not only to the police department, but also to the United States of America.

Dallas PD and US Attorney’s Office Investigation Resulted in Federal Indictments and Arrests

As a result of the overdose death of a 19 year old victim in early 2014, the Dallas Police Department, in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office, initiated an investigation into the source of the narcotics.  

The investigation led detectives to investigate two night clubs operating from the same building where drugs were bought, sold and consumed. The culmination of that investigation ended Sunday morning with numerous federal indictments and arrests including those implicated in the death of the overdose victim.  (To see AUSA press release and indictment information click the following link).   http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn/PressRelease/2014/DEC2014/DEC9Canelo,%20et%20al_indict.html

The investigation netted the seizure of various drugs to include NBOMe, Molly (street name), cocaine, ICE and Xanax.

Based on the results of this investigation, the Dallas Police Department has referred the location to the City Attorney’s Office for civil action in an effort to abate the criminal activity. 

All questions regarding the federal indictments are to be referred to The U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Making the Invisible Visible

From Left to Right: Lieutenant Alfred Diorio, Youth Services Deputy Chielf Christina Smith, Narcotics Division Senator John Cornyn Deputy Chief Gil Garza, Crimes Against Persons Division

From Left to Right:
Lieutenant Alfred Diorio, Youth Services
Deputy Chief Christina Smith, Narcotics Division
Senator John Cornyn
Deputy Chief Gil Garza, Crimes Against Persons Division

On September 29, 2014, representatives of the Dallas Police Department met with U.S. Senator John Cornyn at the Mosiac House to bring awareness to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.  The act will provide additional support and protection to victims of human trafficking, enhance victims’ services, and increase penalties in order to combat human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child sex trafficking, and child pornography. Through the creation of the Domestic Trafficking Victim’s Fund within the Treasury, the act will utilize the fines imposed on persons convicted of the related crimes. This provision is projected to deliver an additional $30 million to the federal resources available for domestic human trafficking victims. The act will also allow for the forfeiture of all property involved in human trafficking offenses to the government.

With the availability of these additional funds, the act will address human trafficking in three major ways. First, in order to assist victims in the restoration of their security and their lives, grants will be given to organizations such as the Mosiac House. For the last 13 years, the Mosiac House has been helping victims of human trafficking build new lives after escaping modern-day slavery. They do so by providing shelter, counseling, legal representation, and support services. Secondly, these funds will assist law enforcement in the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of offenders. Lastly, changes in legislation clarifications and enhancement of maximum penalties will aim to decrease the human trafficking demands.

Human trafficking is designed to be invisible. The Dallas Police Department has been working arduously to expose modern-day slavery and make these invisible victims visible. Deputy Chief Christina Smith explains that through the development of the nationally recognized High Risk Victims Model, the Dallas Police Department’s specialized VICE Unit collaborates with the Child Exploitation Unit to identify and locate both adult and child victims. The department has also developed Operation Brick and Mortar, which is designed to investigate internet based sex trafficking. This proactive approach focuses on intervention by identification and treatment of victims, prevention by flagging chronic runaways who are high risk victims, and suppression by the aggressive investigation of traffickers. From 2013 to 2014, the Dallas Police Department conducted 121 child sex trafficking investigations, filed 83 felony cases related to child sex trafficking, and arrested 72 perpetrators. As a member of the North Texas Anti-Trafficking Team, we collaborate with almost 40 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and social services to fight human trafficking. With the help of Senator John Cornyn’s Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, the Dallas Police Department aims to continuously improve our efforts in protecting the citizens of Dallas.

The Act has been unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and currently awaits the approval by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Drug House Comes Tumbling Down

Front of House

On August 4, 2014 the City of Dallas will demolish the structure at 2511 Lawrence Street on, a property that’s been a nuisance in the South Dallas Community for several years.

The Dallas Police Department started getting complaints about drug sales at 2511 Lawrence Street in October of 2013. That’s when the Narcotics Division led an investigation of the property and assigned undercover officers to make drug buys, which was enough to get a search warrant. 

In order to abate this criminally induced eyesore, the Dallas Police Department’s Nuisance Abatement Unit (SAFE Team) opened a case. The SAFE Team inspected the home and found the structure to be substandard, with several code and fire violations. Because of the property’s condition and the ongoing criminal activity, the SAFE Team, together with the Code Compliance Section of the City Attorney’s Office, received an order to demolish the property.

DEA Presents Chief Brown With A Check

 

Chief Brown Accepts Check From DEA

Chief Brown Accepts Check From DEA

Today, Chief David O. Brown received a check from the Drug Enforcement Agency from a seizure that took place on March 29, 2013. On that date, South Central patrol officers responded to a call in the 800 block of Brook Valley Lane. Upon arrival, the officers observed a deceased person on the front porch of the residence. The officers made entry to the residence and secured the location. Patrol officers contacted Homicide, who responded to the location.

Homicide secured a search warrant for the residence. During the search of that location, the officers found narcotics and a substantial DEA check4amount of U.S. Currency. Homicide detectives contacted the DEA Task Force. The DEA Task Force responded to the location and helped process the scene. The U.S. Currency was seized and processed federally for forfeiture.    This joint operation between Dallas DEA and The Dallas Police Department resulted in a $728,842.40 seizure for the City of Dallas.

 

 

Multi Million Dollar Drug Bust found Inside of Tractor Trailer

MarihunaOn April 14, 2014, at around 9:30 p.m. the Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) Unit responded to a request for assistance from the Dallas office of the Drug Enforcement Administration regarding a tractor trailer that contained suspicious items and was traveling through Dallas. Members of the DHE squad responded to the location. Further investigation revealed the trailer contained items that were not noted on the manifest for the load. Continue reading