BPD Says Morrow's Restructuring Working

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Bryan Police say they're catching more of the criminals who are committing big crimes, but not because crime is up. They say it all has to do with a system put in place more than a year ago, when Chief Morrow became head of the organization.

Morrow's plan restructures crime fighting into four divisions. Three of those gain information and then pass it on to the directed deployment team, which then targets the offenders.

Recently, that information has led the biggest drug, money and property seizures in directed deployment team history.

If the seven seized vehicles parked in the BPD parking lot Wednesday were any indication, the Bryan Police Department's directed deployment team has been busier than ever in the last six months.

"Instead of targeting the crimes, we've been targeting the criminals," said Sergeant Shane Bush, head of the department's directed deployment team and drug enforcement team.

Targeting criminals, police say, like Chris and Willie Jackson, and Ebony Stewart, the vehicles' owners. Investigators believe the three were selling drugs, and using a fake business front.

Officers say in the past, the three might have been arrested on drug charges, possibly served time, then let go.

However, that was before BPD started targeting civilly, and not just criminally.

"What we're trying to do is not only hit 'em with their freedom but hit 'em with their pocket book," said Bush.

Wednesday morning, the home Chris and Ebony Stewart live in, was seized. Police believe it was being paid for with drug money.

"Even if something happens and they get out of jail next week, they have no cars, they have no house, they have nothing," said Bush.

"If you're going to traffic in narcotics, be prepared to walk out of that jail with nothing but the clothes on your back."

Bonds for the two Jackson brothers total over $1.5 million.

The directed deployment team says shifting the focus to criminals and not the crime, has also led them outside of Bryan, after they say 63 lbs of marijuana was recovered at Alfred Scott's house.

"They're bringing in a bulk of the marijuana into Bryan and they didn't even live in Bryan," said Bush. "Its got a street value of $165,000."

Police say fingerprints and surveillance led them to Evaristo Rodriguez, and Pablo Santana, who lives in Walker County.

Their information helped investigators in Huntsville recover Santana's 28 guns, 14 of which police say were stolen.

Cases the department says you may not always hear about, but are success stories Bryan Police are hoping eventually prompt criminals to think twice before setting up shop in Bryan.

Since May, directed deployment team officers say they've recovered drugs with a street value of over $300,000.

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