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"The majority of our calls for ...
"The majority of our calls for service involve methamphetamine," said Billy Schat, commander of the West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force.
But meth labs never went away in this area, Schat
said, partially because one of the main ingredients -- anhydrous ammonia -- can be easily obtained in rural areas.
"Those are people whose purpose is to travel around to different stores that sell pseudoephedrine and buy the limit (at each store)," Schat
said the rash of arrests doesn't necessarily mean that areas such as Merkel and Brown County
are hotbeds of meth activity.
Some law enforcement agencies are simply more aggressive, he
"I don't think you can pick an area and say one is worse than the other," Schat
Billy Schat, the task force ...
Billy Schat, the task force commander, and another employee have been working since August 2011 to close the agency, which had served 13 Big Country counties since its inception in 1987.
According to Billy Schat, commander of the West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force, the officer went to the apartment community at 3200 Woodland Park Drive to follow up on an anonymous tip.
"We received information that something was going on inside the apartment," Schat
knocked on the door and they told him to come in.
"They asked him what he
was interested in, thinking he
was just another customer," Schat
said."The agent saw evidence of drug activity in the apartment and other agents were already outside waiting."Schat
said the three suspects were immediately arrested.
January 14, 2005 Reporter-News "Regional anti-drug task force self-funded"
Billy Schat, commander of the West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force, said his agency is self-funded and does not fall under the agencies that legislators are trying to eliminate.
"We don't receive any grant money," Schat
said."We operate solely on our own funding." Schat
said the West Central Texas task force
is governed by a local board made up of sheriffs and district attorneys in the counties the task force serves. Schat
said the board made the decision to operate independently because of the direction the legislators were headed regarding task forces. The West Central Texas task force
was created in 1987 and provides 15 Big Country counties with trained narcotics investigators to conduct undercover drug trafficking investigations.The task force also provides equipment and training for rural law officers. Schat
was not surprised legislators are trying to eliminate the task force system, especially after the fallout from a 1999 drug bust in the Panhandle town of Tulia."There's a lot of groups who want the task forces to go away," Schat
"The drug is being sold from ...
"The drug is being sold from $30", says Billy Schat, Commander of the West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force.