21 suspects arrested in S. Texas drug sweep

April 20, 2012 4:47:35 AM PDT
Prosecutors say 21 people have been arrested in a South Texas drug-dealing sweep linked to sales allegedly made near schools.

Authorities say most of the suspects are from Dimmit County and all faced initial court appearances Friday in Del Rio.

A federal grand jury in Del Rio this week returned five indictments in the undercover investigation involving cocaine and methamphetamine suppliers.

The charges include conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Investigators say the sales allegedly took place near Central Elementary School in Carrizo Springs and Big Wells Elementary School in Big Wells.

The arrests were announced Thursday afternoon.