Recent TAG operation proves unit is 'working'

Recent TAG operation proves unit is 'working'

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

 Over four days, anti-gang investigators arrested 121 people, charging them with 239 crimes. Agents seized drugs and cleared weapons from the streets.

It is no secret narcotics are what drives gang activity. The drug of choice here in Lubbock has remained consistent over the past decade, crystal meth. In the latest string, the Texas Anti-Gang Unit seized about 70 grams of meth and cocaine, as well as hundred ounces of marijuana.

But these tag-team operations began before the unit was even formed. Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said partnership has always been the go-to solution for street crime. 

"Now this is something we do on a periodical, regular basis," Rowe said.

That is because multiple agencies are now under one roof. This includes the Sheriff's Office, LPD, DPS, County Constables, Homeland Security, and the ATF. Regional Director for DPS, Gary Albus said last August he spoke to every chief of police and sheriff in our area. The majority of them pinned narcotics as the root of the problem. 

He said his region's involvement in TAG is crucial.

"We're looking at adding another special agent in a few months and we also are using our aviation quite a bit," Albus said.

Gang activity is not specific to just one area of the city or Lubbock County. On the TAG website, there are ways to submit tips anonymously. According to TAG, there are more than 1,700 gang members in Lubbock County. The recent operation uncovered 25 new ones.


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