The Texas Department of Public Safety cleaned house in the Lubbock area last week with over 45 arrests as part of a joint task force operation.
In an Easter news release, DPS said the joint task force captured 45 wanted fugitives, many of whom were high-risk offenders and gang members.
The task force also locked up non-compliant sex offenders.
High intensity theft areas and suspected drug stash houses were also located as part of the operation.
Some of the arrests included charges for aggravated assault of a child, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, continuous abuse of children, indecency with a child causing serious bodily injury, sexual assault, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a firearm by a felon.
“This operation underscores the dedication of the many men and women working at DPS as well as our local, state and federal law enforcement partners who strive to protect Texans every day,” said DPS Regional Commander Randy Prince in the news release.
“Thanks to the coordinated efforts by all involved, these criminals are now off our streets, and our communities are safer today.”
Police conducted 15 searches resulting in the seizure of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, nearly 40 grams of cocaine, more than seven pounds of marijuana and one weapon, the release said.
DPS Highway Patrol also did their part.
Three significant seizures in the Lubbock region were made by troopers, resulting in the seizure of 4,000 grams of methamphetamine, which is valued at more than $300,000.
Thirty-two pounds of marijuana was also confiscated.
The joint task force was composed of DPS personnel from the Criminal Investigations Division, the Regulatory Services Division, the Texas Highway Patrol Division, the Aircraft Section, the Special Response Team section, the Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division, and the Texas Rangers Division.
Numerous federal, state, county and local agencies also assisted during the operation.
The unified operation involved Bailey, Carson, Eastland, Fisher, Gray, Lubbock, Potter, Nolan, Randall, Taylor and Wichita counties.