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    Operation Crackdown continues to make Texas neighborhoods safer

    Operation Crackdown continues to make Texas neighborhoods safer

    Photo By Capt. Maria Mengrone | Col. Miguel Torres (left), Texas Joint Task Force Counterdrug, Commander, encourages...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Maria Mengrone 

    176th Engineer Brigade (36th ID, TXARNG)

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “Knock it down, knock it down!” chanted a group of Rose Shaw Elementary School students gathered to witness the demolition of a known drug house located directly across from their school during Operation Crackdown, a joint operation that partners municipalities and Texas Guardsmen to rid neighborhoods of gangs, drugs and associated violent activity, May 16, 2018.

    “We are the last piece of the operation,” said Col. Miguel Torres, Texas Joint Counterdrug Task Force, Commander. “We provide the engineer assets that assist communities to reclaim known trafficking locations by knocking down structures allowing for community revitalization.”

    The operation is scheduled to demolish 20 structures throughout several Corpus Christi neighborhoods.

    “This is being able to take your neighborhood back” said Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb. “We appreciate the Texas Guard help. It saves tax payers' money and improves quality of life.”

    Before moving into Corpus Christi, Operation Crackdown demolished 17 drug houses in nearby Robstown.

    Municipalities requesting support from Operation Crackdown are responsible for submitting a written request with several supporting documents.

    “The request includes a description of drug nexus, completing the appropriate memorandum of understanding, historical reviews and hold harmless agreements for each site to be demolished,” said Torres.

    Additionally, the request must also include validation that utilities have been turned off, no hazardous materials exist at each site, the removal and hauling-off of debris is coordinated and police escort and appropriate city personnel presence are provided at each demolition.

    “This is amazing to see for my community,” said nine-year-old Hylaria as she excitedly clapped and cheered on the hydraulic excavator performing the demolition. “I think this will be good for us.”



    Date Taken: 05.16.2018
    Date Posted: 06.05.2018 11:48
    Story ID: 279606
    Location: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, US 

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