More than four dozen arrested in Houston drug trafficking sting

March 20, 2019

More than four dozen people were arrested and at least $3.1 million was seized in a drug trafficking sting in the greater Houston area, authorities said Wednesday.

The three-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Wrecking Ball,” included a full-time Department of Justice prosecutor in Galveston, the first time the federal agency has had someone there in decades, said Ryan Patrick, U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Texas. It also involves 56 defendents, including Dominican nationals.

“This is unique the size and scope of this,” Patrick said.

In the investigation, authorities indentified a trafficking network led by Carlos Alberto Guajardo, 48, in Mexico, who allegedgly supplied cocaine and heroin to at least six distribution cells in Houston, four of which are run by Dominicans.

The partnership is “just not something we see in Southeast Texas,” Patrick added.