Special Operation Aimed at Underage Drinking and Other Crime in Jim Wells County

ALICE–A special crime operation aimed at underage drinking and other crime was held last Friday night in Jim Wells County.

Sheriff’s commanders said they have been having problems with underage drinkers, car racers and other types of illegal activity around Jim Wells County.

So they flooded the county, most notably the Alice area, with extra officers to send a message they aren’t fooling around anymore.

“It was a good operation and we made several arrests and issued many citations,” said Lt. Joe Martinez of the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department. “Before midnight, it was a ghost town around Alice and very safe.”

Lt. Martinez said they were out for a several hours on Friday night. He reported 20 citations, 22 warning tickets, 14 arrests, including one for alcohol sale to a minor, two racing on the highway, one for possession of marijuana and three public intoxications, and 31 traffic stops.

“People could go out on Friday night and not worry about underage drinkers, car racers or any other illegal activity,” Lt. Martinez said. “They could go to the store and not worry about these people harassing them or terrorizing their lives.”

Commanders said they will conduct more operations, like this, in the next several months and aren’t going to stop after one night of patrolling.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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