Alice Area Authorities Unite, Arrest Nearly 60 Individuals

Law enforcement agencies in Alice are taking it to the streets, arresting nearly 60 individuals as part of a major operation to combat the criminal element.

Different law enforcement agencies, all coming together to work for a common purpose, to keep the community safe, are calling the operation a major success.

Tuesday at the Alice Public Safety Training Center, the Alice Police Department, Department of Public Safety and the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department showed off the results of the effort, which they call Operation Unified Alliance.

The operation started on Thursday and ended on Saturday. The law enforcement agencies said they were able to disrupt organized crime and arrest 58 individuals, including some suspected gang members, for a variety of different offenses, such as DWIs and using and selling drugs like marijuana and cocaine. They also confiscated more than $37,000 in cash for drug trafficking, and seized weapons as well.

"Everybody gets a little prickly from time to time, but if these three law enforcement agencies can work together for the success that we just had for these types of operations, that's a wonderful thing, and we need to understand that," Alice Mayor John Lemon said. "Also, it shows that regardless of what little subdivisions we have here, that we all live in one house."

"We will work together again in a unified effort to make sure that Alice and Jim Wells County are safe, and we can grow bigger and better for all of South Texas," Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno said.

Bueno said that this is the result of law enforcement working together. He also said that the law enforcement agencies that took part in Operation Unified Alliance will strike again at the criminals that are out there.

City Manager Ray De Los Santos, Jr., echoed that sentiment, saying that the public needs to know that these efforts will continue, and that it won't be known when they are going to happen or how they are going to happen, but that they will continue to happen.


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