Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 15, 2013

HCSO to assist DEA task force

Commissioners get briefing on agreement

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Sheriff's Department will soon be entering into an agreement with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Field Division for the Tyler Task Force.

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt discussed the agreement with the Henderson County Commissioners during their meeting on Tuesday.

Nutt said the Dallas DEA requested the agreement because of the drug level in Henderson County.

“They are asking for the agreement because the majority of the drugs in Henderson County come from the Dallas area,” he said. “Let’s not kid ourselves. We have a drug problem here.”

The agreement states “There is evidence that trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs exists in the area, and that such illegal activity has a substantial and detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of the people of East Texas.”

The agreement Nutt will sign states the Tyler Task Force will perform activities and duties such as disrupt the illicit drug traffic in the East Texas area by immobilizing targeted violators and trafficking organizations, and gathering and reporting  intelligence data related to trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs.  The Task Force will also conduct undercover operations where appropriate, and engage in other traditional methods of investigation, in order that the task force's activities will result in effective prosecution before the courts.

The agreement asks that to accomplish the objectives of the Tyler Task Force, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office agrees to give the task force one experienced officer for a period of not less that two years. During the time the officer is on the task force,  he or she will be under the direct supervision and control of the DEA supervisor assigned to the task force.

Nutt said the agreement would not impact the current budget. He said a vote was not needed. He just wants to discuss the agreement with the Commissioners Court.

In other Henderson County Commissioners Court news, the Commissioners passed a resolution for a County Grant to Meals on Wheels Ministry in the amount of $5,403.

Commissioners also refunded property-tax money to two veterans in the county in the amount of $6,000

A vote was also taken to allow the Sheriff's Office to transfer a Digital Ally video camera to Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Commissioners also agreed to resale a lot located in Rolling Oaks 1 subdivision for the amount of $400.

Commissioners accepted a bid on a lot in the Persimmons Creek subdivision for $310, and also accepted into the county maintenance 863 feet of Lake Forest Drive in the Hidden Hills Harbor Sub-division.

Also, the Hidden Hills Harbor Property Owners Association gave a check for $14,768 for costs associated with the road in Hidden Hills Harbor.