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Federal grand jury indicts 8 in connection to drug operation in Beaumont's north end

Federal grand jury indicts 8 in connection to drug operation in Beaumont's north end

Eight Beaumont residents are now in federal custody facing drug charges.

A federal grand jury indicted them in connection to an elaborate drug operation in the north end of Beaumont.

The investigation lasted a number of years.

The indictment alleges that the suspects brought crack and powder cocaine from Houston to Beaumont, and a network of dealers distributed the drugs across the north end of Beaumont.

Our cameras were rolling a couple of months ago when Beaumont Police Department, the FBI, ATF and the DEA executed search warrants on 32-year-old Eric Coleman's home and also on his mother's address, which is a separate residence.

The U.S. Attorneys Office says Coleman manufactured and sold crack cocaine from both of the houses, which are within 1000-feet of Homer Drive Elementary School.

Authorities say they seized both drugs and several firearms.

Through their investigation and surveillance, BPD Chief Jimmy Singletary believes several drive-by shootings were prevented.

KFDM/Fox 4's Peter Eliopoulos has the report.

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