A six-month undercover drug operation in Robertson County has led to the arrest of 8 suspects, and investigators expect more.
“One of the things that helped me here was that not a whole lot of people knew me in Robertson County.
John was hired on to the Robertson County Constables office in February. “John” is not his real name, but for the next six months he would work undercover and virtually wouldn't exist.
“I'd go to known meth hangouts and I got introduced to some of the people arrested here,” John said. “There were times in the evenings when I would just hang out with them. We'd just drink a beer and talk shop and talk about what was going on with everyday life. I'd get involved with what they were doing. Some of them were working; some of them would sit and watch TV. Other times I’d help them work; and you just got to consider yourself a friend of them and they'll hopefully accept you, but there's always that certain line you can't cross, and there's also that line of survival too.”
“John” has spent a majority of his adult life in law enforcement, cracking down on narcotics, and has even trained at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, specializing in the crystal meth trade.
“Some people use it for the money and others use it for the high,” said John. “Meth is a monster. It's easy to make and it’s most definitely hard to get rid of.”
"There were a lot of crimes that were taking place within the county as far as burglaries and thefts that had totally come back into that circle and was connected into the drug trade," said Robertson County Constable Benny McRae.
John says that trade brought him to various parts of rural Robertson County including of Bremond, Wheelock and Black Jack.
“What people don't realize is their next door neighbor could be cooking meth. It's everywhere,” he added.
“I went to a residence where they were trying to purchase meth and the gentleman showed up at the house and he had his nine-year-old daughter with him. We actually ordered the meth over the phone and during that period of time the young girl who was around 9, 10 years old; she knocked on the bedroom door and asked her daddy to carry her to church. After he got back, the female who was at the house, I witnessed her inject the male with meth.”
John said not even an hour later the man left the house and picked up his daughter at church.
Nicole: “So, basically he picked up his daughter after shooting up crystal meth?”
John: “Yes, and he drove.”
With assistance of DPS CID, on August 2nd, the constable's office raided a home at the 5800 block of FM 2549 in Black Jack.
"During the search warrant we found a line of meth on a mirror on the Chester drawers and a straw right beside it as if it was going to be snorted up the nose,” said John. “And my observations of watching the child come out of the house, and knowing the child had access to the drugs – that was really disturbing to me."
By the end of the six-month-long undercover operation, authorities had eight individuals arrested and a total of 19 indictments against them; at that same time, authorities had to pull the plug on the entire operation for safety concerns.
“Is there fear they might come after me? There's always that notion I guess, that, yes they might,” John said. “But I've got to go on with a normal life as well, and the fact that it destroys lives; it destroys families and hopefully out of this entire operation, I can help one person. I would call that an accomplishment.”
"I think almost every one of these particular eight have substantial criminal histories,” said Robertson County DA Coty Siegert. “Meth is a dangerous drug, a lot of these people are not only dealers, but they're addicts so they're selling to support that addiction. It's a tough drug that makes victims of not only them, but of their friends and families.”
More arrests are expected and Siegert says the fight to end the trade is far from over.
“It's a serious problem in Robertson County, just like it is everywhere else in the nation,” said Constable McRae. “But we want to send a message that if you're doing crystal meth here in Robertson County -- we know who you are."
“Meth is something that's often found on the dirt roads and in the country and your PD's don't usually work outside their city limits,” said Siegert. “We wanted to send a message that we're not only looking after what's inside the city limits, but the entire county.”