Bosque County Narcotics Unit Makes 32 Traffic St. Patrick’s Day Stops in Lake Whitney Area

Melinda Crow

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MERIDIAN, TEXAS--Bosque County Deputies in the Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) spent St. Patrick’s day on routine traffic enforcement duty in Laguna Park, bordering Lake Whitney.

With spring break in full swing around the lake, it was an ideal time to conduct an operation designed to potentially interrupt drug trafficking through the county, as well as locating wanted suspects and reduce traffic violations.

The 32 stops resulted in:

  • 2 arrests for possession of methamphetamines.
  • 2 citations for possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • 7 vehicle searches.
  • 3 K9 deployments.
  • 8 citations for traffic violations.
  • 29 warnings for traffic violations.

Deputies seized 4+ grams of methamphetamines and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. While traffic stops were the primary purpose of the day assignment, it's obvious from the numbers that the majority of traffic violaters were sent on their way with warnings.

According to Sheriff Trace Hendricks, county residents can expect similar assignments throughout the county randomly scheduled.

I am extremely proud of my team for their hard work, dedication, and the enthusiasm they display in narcotics enforcement as we work to interrupt narcotics trafficking and criminal activity in Bosque County.

In addition to the narcotics investigators and patrol deputies, a K-9 unit participated in the operation. According to the Sherriff's office, the main function of the K9 is to perform drug interdiction. Drug Interdiction is a method of patrol with a heavy emphasis on traffic enforcement/investigations which lead to drug arrests and seizures. A well-trained K9 drug dog can detect the scent of narcotics inside vehicles as well as inside buildings during search warrants.

Source and photo, Bosque County Sheriff's Office.

Comments on the Sheriff's Facebook post regarding the day's work ranged from appreciation to comical. One poster said this:

Contaminated Meth in Bosque County, Texas...If you recently manufactured or bought Meth in Bosque County, Texas, it may be contaminated with the COVID-19 virus. Contact the Bosque County Sheriff's Office for a FREE screening test to be sure your Meth is safe.

Another poster had this concern:

Does this mean they will follow us home, and literally stalk us the whole way home because this happened to me when I was on my way home from work Sunday night...

To which her neighbors promptly replied that if you aren't doing anything wrong, you shouldn't have to worry about it.

Another Facebook commenter said this:

As more of these assignments are conducted, the word will get out: KEEP YOUR DRUGS OUT OF BOSQUE COUNTY! Our new sheriff isn't fooling around.

Laguna Park has a resident population of under 1,500 but expands to several thousand as weekend homeowners pour into town to occupy their homes. There are also numerous vacation rentals, small lodges, and campgrounds.

The Laguna Park area has a long history of arrests for drug possession and trafficking, particularly methamphetamine. Last year during spring break, the town's Corps of Engineers recreational park (Soldiers Bluff) at the Lake Whitney Dam had to be completely closed due to large unruly gatherings that overflowed into the un-incorporated town. The park has also been the site of numerous drownings over the past decade, many of them related to drugs and alcohol.

The majority of Soldiers Bluff park is open to the public, according to the Corps of Engineers, Whitney Lake website, which lists the group shelter as closed.

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