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.