Local law enforcement calls it a win for Lubbock's war on drugs.
Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, authorities arrested Richard Olivarez, 43, and Eleazar Garcia, 28, in the 5800 block of 19th Street. A third suspect is also in custody, but his name has not been released.
Authorities say these arrests are part of a three month long undercover operation, and is part of a large Hub City drug ring.
Officers seized about 20 ounces of cocaine, with a street value estimated at $56,000. DPS troopers, Lubbock Police, and SWAT team members moved in on the suspects after watching what appeared to be a drug sale. Two were arrested in the Windmill Plaza parking lot, while another was taken into custody on the construction site of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
"We knew that the one suspect had walked away from his vehicle and he was kinda at the church, where they were doing some construction work. He kinda blended in with the other construction workers." said Captain Joseph Longway, of the Texas Department of Public Safety. "We were able to go in identify and locate him and take him into custody without any incident."
All three remain in the Lubbock County Jail, charged with possession of a controlled substance. The felony charge carries 10 to 99 years or life in prison, and up to a $100,000 fine.
This drug bust could affect hundreds of residents across the South Plains. We'll explain how, tonight on NewsChannel 11 at Six.
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