FLOWER MOUND (CBSDFW.COM) – More than a dozen teenagers and young adults in the Flower Mound area are in custody after being indicted on either drug related or gun violations. Most are accused of conspiring to sell heroin.
The investigation began last year after three young people died, within five months of each other, from heroin overdoses.
Captain Wess Griffin, with the Flower Mound Police Department, says after the deaths officials knew there was a bigger issue and they asked the federal government to help.
“When we start seeing that kind of usage and that kind of activity, and we start seeing overdose deaths, that’s definitely an indicator that there’s a problem,” said Griffin.
In addition to Flower Mound police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) were involved in the nearly yearlong investigation.
While abuse of any drug can be serious, Griffin says in some ways heroin abuse is unique. “The fact of the matter is heroin is so dangerous, that there’s two different kinds of users,” he said. “There’s the users that are able to use it and get over their addiction, which is a long hard struggle, and then there’s the users that will use until they die.”
The 12 defendants listed below are alleged to have conspired to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in the Flower Mound area.
If convicted, they could face up to 40 years in federal prison.