If there was one thing Dallas City Hall would have been wise to take away from the fracking debate, it's that you shouldn't mess with Raymond Crawford. He's the slight, balding, professional needlepointing David to your Goliath. City Hall, however, isn't so good with lessons, which is why Crawford ... More >>
Your average U.S. truck driver in the makes something like $.30 or $.40 cents per mile. It's enough to make a living but not much else. Swap the 18-wheeler full of widgets for one full of Mexican marijuana, and the job becomes way, way more lucrative. Reliable data are tough to come by -- this part ... More >>
William Ian Brown did not have a prescription for the single alprazolam (Xanax) pill he was allegedly carrying in his pocket when he was arrested on Sunday. A crime, to be sure, but a minor one. If prosecutors decided to pursue the case -- given that it was a single pill, they might not bother -- th ... More >>
The house at 4015 Allencrest Lane -- a tidy four-bedroom, three-bath ranch-style in North Dallas -- isn't the first place one would look for a weed-growing mastermind named Bone. Nevertheless, that's where DEA agents tracked down 37-year-old Brian Edward Deloney in June 2010, not to mention several ... More >>
Consider this a public service announcement for smokers of K-2 and similar products. There's a widely available, all-natural product -- a miracle, really -- that delivers that synthetic marijuana-like high you crave without any unfortunate face-eating side effects. It's called weed, and it's about a ... More >>
Readers, have you ever purchased coke or meth from a man named Yayo? If so, stop reading, get on a Greyhound and immediately get out of town. For the rest of you: "Yayo" was the subtle nickname of a convicted drug dealer named Sergio Moreno Vidales, a former Dallas resident who just became the 51st ... More >>
Arnold Troy Crayton has matured a lot in the past decade. Back then, he was "Lil' Arnold," a 21-year-old junior member of a Fort Worth-based crack distribution ring busted by the feds in 2002. Now, according to federal prosecutors, Crayton's moved on to marijuana, apparently smuggled to him straigh ... More >>
Randy Ebright of Molotov certainly stands out. Born in Michigan, Ebright ended up in Mexico City due his dad's job as a DEA agent. Once there, he quickly connected with the local music scene and joined Molotov. Twenty years later, the guy is still drumming for one of the most unique bands coming out ... More >>
2 Guns is every movie you've seen before.
The feds were quite pleased in 2010 when Operation Greedy Grove, their months-long takedown of a Pleasant Grove-based crack ring, resulted in 28 arrests and the seizure of several kilograms of cocaine, more than a dozen guns, and $210,000 cash. But the guys they picked up -- "Rat," "Ron Don," and "G ... More >>
The hydroponic marijuana-growing community has suspected for a while that they're being watched, and for good reason. By the DEA's own account, law enforcement has turned its attention increasingly toward indoor growing operations as a quarter century of an aggressive eradication campaign has forced ... More >>
In a perfect world, Tango Blast would be a cool, refreshing fruity beverage. But we don't live in a perfect world and the name has instead been appropriated by a rapidly growing, extremely violent Texas gang with ties to Mexican drug cartels. It's some 10,000 members strong, according to the Texas D ... More >>
The stretch of Harry Hines Boulevard between Walnut Hill and LBJ would seem to be a smoker's paradise, packing at least three full-service smoke shops into a mile-and-a-half stretch of road. Each offers a wide array of tobacco and tobacco-smoking accessories, from cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes ... More >>
Update at 2:40 p.m.: WFAA's Rebecca Lopez reports that the victim is a Mexican national named Juan Guerrero Chapa believed to be working for a drug cartel. News 8 has confirmed victim in Southlake shooting is Juan Guerrero Chapa. A mexican natl. believed to work for drug cartel. He's an attorney&md ... More >>
Just so people won't get caught unaware, I want to point out that the town of West has until a week from tomorrow to grieve. That will be two weeks from the time of the industrial accident that blew up their town, took the lives of loved ones and left behind a legacy of bloody suffering and agonizin ... More >>
There was just something that didn't add up about Debonaire Bros, the retail menswear business Kristian Fitz had registered with the Texas Secretary of State. For one, there didn't seem to be any clothes. Federal agents staked out the store's supposed address, a Red Bird home belonging to Fitz's par ... More >>
Adrelos Sanchez Waters drew suspicion as soon as the woman at the baggage check-in counter in McAllen, Texas, all of seven miles from the Mexican border, checked in his two pieces of luggage. They were heavy, much too heavy to just contain clothes and toiletries. She contacted McAllen police, who i ... More >>
Arnold returns -- but do we still need him?
Last Thursday, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency received a tip from someone in Brownsville, Texas: A Dallas-bound freight shipment described on shipping manifests as a collection of scales and metal plates actually seemed to contain something else entirely. The shipment was picked up that ... More >>
Over much of the past year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies have been carrying out the largest offensive against pill mills Texas has ever seen. Dubbed "Operation King of the Pill," the effort involves dozens of officers swarming medical offices suspected of illeg ... More >>
In 2007, the Dallas Police Department and DEA were on the cusp of taking down a major drug distribution ring, or so they thought. Nine months of undercover work had yielded evidence that large quantities of meth and cocaine were being smuggled from Mexico to a house at 2737 Seevers Avenue for distri ... More >>
It was a sweltering afternoon in early July when several DEA agents and police officers showed up at the house at 1215 Lebanon Avenue, a tiny, burnt-orange home fronting some railroad tracks in Oak Cliff. They weren't sure what to expect. It was just a friendly knock-and-talk, meaning they had no wa ... More >>
Mark Henry Kett's troubles with the Texas Medical Board began on Feb. 23, 2008, when Carrollton police received a disturbance call at his home. They found Kett armed with a semi-automatic pistol and ranting about assassins who had come to his house to kill his wife. He had fired off a single shot at ... More >>
For a time, Johar Saran was at the head of one of the largest prescription drug rings in the country. He claimed to own 22 pharmacies in the Dallas area, under cover of which he ordered tremendous quantities of in-demand prescription drugs (codeine cough syrup, for one) then used the supply to fill ... More >>
The federal government has already accused Sam Hurd, a Dallas Cowboys receiver until a year ago, of being caught with a kilo of cocaine while trying to buy a lot more in an attempt drug-dealing network. Because a man's got to live, right? How can a guy feed his family on a $5.15 million, three-year ... More >>
As a nickname, "Dead Bird" hasn't fit so well since the city of Dallas' airport in South Oak Cliff changed its name from Redbird to Dallas Executive a decade ago in hopes of sparking a revival of the 67-year-old airfield, which tends to be forgotten in the shadow of DFW and Love Field. The name cha ... More >>
As midterms approached on the SMU campus, as the dual stenches of Red Bull and coffee drifted through university libraries and the bars fell quiet, Jennifer, clad in an oversized sweatshirt and yoga pants, looked like an average college student cramming for midterms. Yet, as she sat at her usual t ... More >>
In October of 2009, James Capra, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas Division, invited media to a press conference so he could show off the massive haul from a long-in-the-works bust involving the Mexican drug cartel known as La Familia: 220 pounds of methamphetamine, 4.5 kil ... More >>
Hah. We kid. C'mon, you didn't really buy that did you?
In one East Texas town, a new brand of meth lab has business -- and the occasional house -- booming.
In a strange about-face, the President tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees
And now we return to the city's enforcement of the Lower Greenville Planned Development District Ordinance, which, as you no doubt recall, went into effect at midnight September 24 and says any venue without a specific use permit and a new certificate of occupancy has to close its doors at midnig ... More >>
Stories linking Los Zetas -- a drug cartel consisting of, among others, former Mexican Army commandos -- with North Texas have been around for years. Take this story, from three years ago, connecting a Collin County deputy constable with a cousin said to be working for the cartel. In March, The N ... More >>
Another round of deaths have another round of North Texas parents trying to wipe out a deadly combination of heroin and cold medicine.
Piles of cash and nowhere to launder it? That's what Texas is for, hombre.In Sunday's Dallas Morning News, reporter Brendan Case took a stab at explaining what, besides the state's generally business-friendly policies, has helped Texas produce such a relative bounty of jobs of late. The state ... More >>
The U.S. Attorney's Office sends word: Federal authorities have rounded up dozens suspected of trafficking heroin and cocaine from Dallas to Atlanta to Baltimore to Philadelphia to Nashville and all points in between. Those arrested yesterday come from all over, including Dallas and Fort Worth an ... More >>
It's elementary, my dear Dorrough.It's been a couple months since the DEA conducted an early morning raid on the Dallas home of Lancaster native Dorwin Demarcus Dorrough, only to come up empty in their search and to leave the premises without arresting anyone.At the time, a spokesperson for the p ... More >>