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May 6, 2014 10:21 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

50 People Jailed After Separate Operations In Jim Wells County

ALICE - Two separate law enforcement operations sent more than 50 people in Jim Wells County to jail over the last four days.

One operation involved countywide traffic stops over a 3-day period, and the other involved a raid Monday morning in the Rancho Alegre neighborhood on the south side of Alice.

The raids at the three homes turned up drugs, guns, equipment for growing marijuana, nearly $20,000 in cash, and an Alice police officer's uniform.

Eight people, all relatives, went to jail on various charges.

Regarding the uniform found, APD Assistant Chief Albert Martinez says they know who that uniform belongs to, but they're still looking into how it ended up here...

"The uniform is an older uniform, it's got an older patch," he explains.

"These uniforms of this particular officer were in storage. He has numerous storages at his rent homes. And then the possibility exists that they were at the cleaners where the owner and operator was arrested about 7 years ago, and the cleaners was closed for business at that time. It could have been the officer might have had his uniforms there."

The raid came at the tail end of an unrelated 3-day traffic enforcement blitz across Jim Wells County on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The traffic stops, dubbed "Operation Alliance" lead to the arrest of 42 people, based on contraband found in their cars or outstanding warrants.

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