Plainview Police Cite 'Safety of Children' in Drug Raid Friday

PLAINVIEW, TX - Plainview Police arrested eight people during a drug raid Friday afternoon. Police, alongside the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department, the Hale County District Attorney's Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, raided the homes, after police received 82 calls between 2014 and 2015, alerting them to drug activity at the 100 Block of West Brazier Street.

After three months of undercover operations and investigations, eleven search warrants were obtained. Called "Operation Clean Sweep," the plan was to rid the neighborhood of drugs, particularly due to the high amount of children in the area, according to Plainview Police Captain Manuel Balderas.

"We had 11 total arrest warrants for purchases that we made using an undercover officer. So far we have a rest seven of them and we have an additional one up having to be there today that was on unrelated warrants," Balderas said. "The neighbors have complained so I hope that they are at ease today. After today we hope that the drug dealers will not return back."

UPDATE: Plainview Police released the names of the arrestees at approximately 8:15 pm Friday:

As a result of “Operation Clean Sweep” the following individuals have been arrested for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance:

Christopher Williams, DOB: 06/02/1970

Casey Riddley, DOB: 06/28/1982

Freddie Joe Ray Jr., DOB: 08/20/1990

Jessica LeAnn Mercado, DOB: 05/16/1980

Matthew Thompson, DOB: 01/09/1981

Marquis Devon Jackson, DOB: 01/03/1992

Rick Jackson, DOB: 01/06/1992

Patrick Eugene Nash, DOB: 10/22/1969


The Plainview Police Department released the following statement at about 2:00 pm Friday: 

Currently the Plainview Police Department, the Hale County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department are executing search warrants on four suspected drug addresses on the 100 Block of West Brazier.  They are 111, 107, 105, and 102 West Brazier Street.  In August 2015 the Plainview Police Department launched “Operation Clean Sweep, an investigation into allegations of drugs being sold on the 100 Blk. of west Brazier.  The investigation was in response to citizen complaints of drugs being sold and the concern for the safety of children, living in the area.  In 2014 and so far in 2015 the Plainview Police Department responded to a total of 82 calls for service and investigated reports of assaults, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, etc.  Our department made several arrests stemming from drug possession, warrants, and alcohol related incidents.  Our department conducted hours of surveillance in the 100 block of west Brazier and found activity consistent with drugs being sold.  We identified several individuals known to abuse drugs to frequent the area and we also observed hand to hand transactions of what appeared to be drugs and money.  Over a three month period our department used an undercover officer to purchase drugs from individuals.  As of this date our departments purchased drugs from eleven known individuals and have obtained warrants for their arrests.  The names will be released at a later time.  It is our hope that Brazier Street will be a safe place to live and that these known drug dealers will not return to selling drugs. 

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