Lubbock authorities say just three arrests could affect hundreds on the South Plains.
Wednesday, we showed you video of the arrest in the 5800 block of 19th Street. We told you it was part of an undercover investigation that resulted in three arrests and the seizure of 20 ounces of cocaine, worth about $56,000 on Lubbock streets.
Authorities now tell us these suspects are part of a large drug trafficking ring here on the South Plains.
More than one pound of pure cocaine is off Lubbock streets and is now under the watch of Captain Joseph Longway with DPS's Narcotics division.
Captain Longway said, "Some of it would have seen the hands of people under the age of 21 that would have used it."
He said the arrest and seizure are the results of an undercover investigation started more than two months ago.
"We believe that it was coming in from Mexico," Captain Longway added.
Then, Wednesday morning authorities suspected a possible drug sale.
"We watched them meet with another individual and at which time we noticed what appeared to be a transaction so we secured everyone and seized the evidence," Captain Longway said.
DPS, Lubbock Police and SWAT arrested two men in the Windmill Plaza and another in a construction site at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Captain Longway explains, "He was at the church where they were doing some construction work and he blended in with the other construction workers. We were able to go in identify and locate him and take him into custody without any incident."
Also taken into custody was a block of cocaine, which is no longer in danger of being sold to Lubbock youth.
"It would have been broken down into gram quantities and there's always the scary possibility that high school students could have used it at party or college students," Captain Longway said.
The two men arrested Wednesday have been identified as 43-year-old Richard Olivarez and 28-year-old Eleazar Garcia. Both are charged with possession of a controlled substance. The felony charge carries a sentence of 10 to 99 years or life in prison and up to $100,000 fine.
The name of the third suspect has not been released.
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