KEMP – County and federal law enforcement officers seized 182 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $473,000 from a residence in Kemp on Wednesday, Oct. 21, according to a news release from the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Task Force Group 3 from the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and investigators from the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office seized the suspected methamphetamine, according to the news release.

Agents with a DEA task force, of which the Sheriff’s Office is a member, had been investigating the trafficking of illegal narcotics, which ultimately led to a residence in the 400 block of Arcadia Lane in Kemp, according to the release. On the morning of Oct. 21, members of the task force and the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in which a man was arrested and later placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. A second man fled from the residence on foot.

Sheriff’s officers initiated a search; however, the man was not found. Investigators have been working diligently to locate and identify this individual. He is not believe him to be a threat to the public and authorities feel confident he has left the area, according to the news release.

The search of the residence yielded 182 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $473,000. Investigators also located over $50,000 in U.S. currency and manufacturing components. The house is believed to be a conversion lab, where narcotics are prepared and packaged for distribution, according to the Sheriff’s Office,

The name of the arrested individual was not being released as of early this week as he awaits a hearing in federal court.

Kaufman County Sheriff Bryan Beavers said: “Wednesday morning was a success, and I’m happy with the outcome. KCSO is fortunate to be a part of this task force because large operations such as this one often go beyond the borders of Kaufman County; the resources and capabilities of the task force increase our opportunities for success. Today’s operation is proof this can and does happen in small towns everywhere, and it takes working with agencies like the DEA to disrupt the distribution of this garbage in our communities.”

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