DPD arrests 9 in 'loose knit' South Dallas drug distribution ring

DPD arrests 9 in 'loose knit' South Dallas drug distribution ring

Chuck's Car Wash in southern Dallas where DPD broke up an alleged "loose knit distribution ring." (Credit: Google)

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by MATT GOODMAN

WFAA

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 11:38 PM

DALLAS – Following a six-month investigation, the Dallas Police Department says nine people have been arrested as part of a “loose knit distribution ring” of narcotics in the Sunnyvale/Ledbetter area. 

Department spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey said police seized eight handguns and two shotguns; 28.5 grams of crack cocaine and 2.2 grams of powder cocaine; 1,018.3 grams of marijuana; 31 baggies of the synthetic form of marijuana K-2 and 45.1 grams of PCP.

Dallas PD's SWAT, Gang Unit and the Nuisance Abatement Team (SAFE) served arrest warrants on five people and search warrants on four residences. Two stolen vehicles were also located and another two used to distribute drugs were seized, Jeffrey said. 

She said neighborhood resident complaints about drug sales and loitering at Chuck’s Car Wash at 4870 Sunnyvale Road prompted the investigation. The department’s Narcotics Mid-Level Squad took control and began investigating, eventually identifying street dealers along with primary suppliers. 

Six men and three women were arrested as part of the investigation while another man was taken in for an unrelated warrant out of Tarrant County who was present at one of the locations. 

Says Jeffrey in a release, “This loose knit distribution ring fueled the drug activity and the subsequent quality of life issues, which plagued the car wash and the neighboring community.” 

The location of the alleged drug distribution hub is two miles from Elisha M. Pease Elementary, one mile from A. Maceo Smith High School. 

As such, in the below charges, you’ll see the majority were charged with manufacturing and delivering in a drug-free zone. You'll also notice that nobody has been charged for the marijuana and other drugs seized –– Jeffrey said investigators haven't been able to pin ownership on any one suspect.

"Since these things were seized and they weren't charged, then that means that they couldn't establish an affirmative enough link to one person," she said. "You know, they (police) go in a house, it's on a table, but not on somebody."

But that doesn't mean more charges won't come later, she added. Here are all who have been charged:

  • Justin Veasley, 26, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Ricky Crosby, 31, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Frances Robinson, 52, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Alan Williams, 24, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Herman Jones, 60, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Shakeena Cephas, 26, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Cardell Wynn, 52, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Arthur Jones, 29, Manufacturing and Delivering Cocaine in a Drug-Free Zone
  • Chrisopher Wilson, 28, Possession of Cocaine
  • Billy Skinner, 43, Warrant in Tarrant County

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