Federal operation conducted on FM 1329

Staff Writer
Alice Echo News Journal
HSI and ATF were at a residence on the 4500 block of FM 1329 in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO - A residence on the 4500 block of South Farm-to-Market 1329 was swarming with law enforcement agencies Wednesday morning.

“Special agents from Homeland Security (HSI) in Corpus Christi, Texas with assistance from other federal and state law enforcement agencies, executed a search and arrest warrant at a residence in San Diego, Texas, for suspected drug trafficking. One individual was taken into custody,” according to Tim Oberle, public affairs officer with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

One man was taken into custody and will make an appearance in court tomorrow in Corpus Christi, according to Angela Dodge with the United States Attorney’s Office.

Details of the federal operation are limited at this time due to federal guidelines. However, neighbors said they observed a helicopter flying over the area around 6:30 a.m. right before they saw units with flashing lights in the area.

HSI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were on the scene.

At this time, it is unknown if any narcotics were confiscated at the residence.

Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez was unaware of the operation and was upset with the federal agencies as they did not follow protocols on notifying local law enforcement agencies.

The residence is located behind the high school. Local agencies are to notify school districts in the area around the residence for the safety of students and staff, Sheriff Ramirez said.