This could have been an episode from the television series “Breaking Bad.” Over 20 people were arrested in connection with a meth and heroin ring Thursday afternoon. Law enforcement worked undercover for over a year to get intel on this drug operation. They raided numerous drug dens, and yep, you guessed it, a chicken restaurant.
Operation Ice Storm was carried out in Texas Thursday. 23 people were arrested in connection with the selling and manufacturing of methamphetamine. Almost half of those arrested were connected to the Aryan Brotherhood, the Miami Harold reported.
The drug ring, which ran along the coastline of Texas, was dismantled. Many of those arrested could face up to 99 years in prison if convicted of unknowingly selling various drugs to undercover officers.
An exact amount of the drugs recovered from the operation was not immediately released, but officers claimed it was more than four grams and less than 200 grams.
Regardless of the amount, officers also discovered plenty of drug paraphernalia. In at least two of the homes that were raided, officers found digital scales and large sums of money.
The operation began after officers began to notice Hamilton and Coryell counties had a rampant drug problem. “When running for office the drug issues in our county were a hot topic,” Sheriff Justin Caraway said. “We knew we had to do something to send a message.” The counties aren’t large, so the drug activity was easy to spot. The population of these counties never exceeds 3,000 people.
According to the Daily Mail, the dealers who sold to the officers also offered black tar heroin. It’s unclear if officers were able to recover black tar heroin during the raid. One location in which the drugs in question were sold was the now-closed Bush’s Chicken restaurant.
The abandoned restaurant was a popular location for people to buy and sell drugs, according to law enforcement. Undercover officers regularly bought drugs from dealers through the drive-thru window.