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Grapevine PD update on fight at park

96539563_3284796338198503_5428718441714417664_nThe Grapevine Police Department wants to update everyone about a fight that occurred last week at one of our lake parks.

Several videos surfaced after the incident, showing one of the participants on the ground during the melee. Rumors about his injuries began to spread on social media, and we wanted to check on his welfare.

We have identified the 22-year-old man seen in the video, and have confirmed that he is okay. We appreciate everyone who came forward with videos and tips, and are grateful to have such an involved community that cares about the people we serve.

Our detectives worked incessantly to identify the 22-year-old man. On more than one occasion, witnesses and known involved parties refused to identify him so we could check his welfare. It shows the high level of dedication and professionalism that detectives continued their efforts until they knew for certain the man was fine.

Grapevine Police arrest a man for coughing into an officer’s face, claiming he has Coronavirus

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GRAPEVINE, TX – Grapevine Police arrested a man for coughing into an officer’s face and claiming he had coronavirus. 27-year-old Jonathan Dechoudens is charged with Harassment of a Public Servant, a 3rd degree felony. 

On Friday, April 3, at approximately 12:45am, a Grapevine Police officer was sitting in his marked patrol unit in a parking lot off of Northwest Highway, with his driver’s side window down. Dechoudens ran up to his window and began to cough in his face, stating he was infected with coronavirus. When the officer confronted Dechoudens, he was told it was a joke. 

The officer, fearing exposure to the potentially life-threatening illness, called in additional units and medics to screen Dechoudens for symptoms. Once cleared, Jonathan Dechoudens was arrested and booked into jail. He was first booked for Terroristic Threat, but after consultation with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, the charge was changed to Harassment of Public Servant.

The Grapevine Police officer who was coughed on continues to monitor his health daily, and remains free of symptoms. He was cleared to continue working, and is temperature-checked before beginning each shift, as are all employees who enter the Grapevine Public Safety Building.

The Grapevine Police Department values the safety of the community and its officers, and will continue to ensure that all first responders do their part to slow the spread of the virus. This includes wearing personal protective gear (PPE) as needed, utilizing sanitizing liquids and wipes, and checking all suspects for symptoms of coronavirus before they are taken to jail. Anyone who claims they are trying to give the virus to another person will face charges.

DEA-led operation nets more than 600 arrests targeting Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación

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DEADALLAS – The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of Project Python, a DEA-led multilateral interagency operation encompassing all global investigations and related disruption activities targeting the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).

This announcement marks the successful conclusion of six months of investigative and enforcement activity targeting CJNG, culminating in large scale arrests throughout the country within the past week. Project Python has resulted in the arrests of more than 500 CJNG associates, 350 indictments, as well as significant seizures of money and drugs.

“Project Python is the single largest strike by U.S. authorities against CJNG, and this is just the beginning,” said Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “This strategic and coordinated project exemplifies DEA’s mission: to disrupt, dismantle, and destroy drug trafficking organizations around the world and bring their leaders to justice. Today, DEA has disrupted CJNG’s operations, and there is more to come as DEA continues its relentless attack on this remorseless criminal organization.”

“Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately destroy CJNG,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division. “When President Trump signed an Executive Order prioritizing the dismantlement of transnational criminal organizations, the Department of Justice answered the call and took direct aim at CJNG. We deemed CJNG one of the highest-priority transnational organized crime threats we face. And with Project Python, we are delivering results in the face of that threat for the American people.”

“The DEA Dallas Field Division joins our brothers and sisters nationwide to take the fight to the CJNG. Project Python is another example of leveraging our resources, partnerships, and expertise, to destroy the distribution networks operating in North Texas and Oklahoma,” said Dallas DEA Special Agent in Charge, Eduardo A. Chávez.

The Justice Department and its law enforcement partners are committed to fulfilling the President’s Executive Order 13773 to identify, interdict, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations. The department designated CNJG as one of the top transnational criminal groups targeted as part of carrying out this executive order, and DEA instituted Project Python as part of this ongoing effort. 

CJNG is one of the fastest growing transnational criminal organizations in Mexico, and among the most prolific methamphetamine producers in the world. It is responsible for a significant proportion of drugs entering the United States, and elevated levels of violence in Mexico. With methamphetamine abuse and overdose deaths on the rise, Project Python aims to disrupt CJNG’s ability to distribute methamphetamine and other drugs throughout the United States by attacking the group at all levels. 

Federal law enforcement has taken a number of steps to degrade CJNG’s ability to operate in the United States. Today, the Justice Department and DEA announced a superseding indictment on charges of alleged continuing criminal enterprise against Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho,” the undisputed leader of CJNG. Last month, El Mencho’s son, Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, also known as “Menchito,” and second in command of CJNG, was extradited from Mexico to the United States on charges of alleged drug trafficking and firearm use in relation to drug trafficking activities. On Feb. 26, 2020, El Mencho’s daughter, Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, was arrested in the United States on financial charges related to her alleged criminal violation of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Additionally, DEA has worked with its interagency partners to apply further pressure to CJNG. The U.S. Department of Treasury has designated El Mencho as a “specially designated narcotics trafficker” pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, and the U.S. Department of State has issued one of the largest narcotics rewards ever – $10 million – for information leading to the arrest of El Mencho.

In our [the DFW] area, 6 indictments have been secured against CJNG associates, and DEA has made 12 arrests and executed 8 search warrants related to Project Python.

The efforts highlighted in the more than 600 arrests nationwide are illustrative of the significant reach the CJNG has in manufacturing, importing, and distributing a wide array of illegal narcotics within the United States and the negative impact on the fabric of our local communities. The proceeds from the local distribution of these narcotics are repatriated back to Mexico and further fuel transnational organized crime organizations such as the CJNG. The Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners will continue to vigorously fight this scourge against the United States. 

The Department of Justice’s multi-agency Special Operations Division, federal prosecutors from the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section of the Department’s Criminal Division, the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and Office of Enforcement Operations provided invaluable support to this operation.

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Arrests in Organized Criminal Activity

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GRAPEVINE, Texas  –  Four juveniles and one adult face multiple charges after a pursuit overnight in Grapevine.

On Friday, March 6, 2020, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Grapevine Police officers responded to a 911 call about a burglary in progress at a home in the 500 block of Woodhill Court.  An officer located an SUV nearby that matched the suspect vehicle description.  He activated his emergency lights, but the suspect vehicle sped away.  

A pursuit began on Post Oak Road, traveled through Grapevine, and ended on the service road of south SH-121 in Euless.  Five people in the suspect vehicle jumped out in a parking lot in the 2600 block of SH-121 and ran in multiple directions.

The vehicle pursuit involved two Grapevine PD units, while Euless PD assisted in the foot chase.  In the end, all five suspects were found and taken into custody.  Nobody was injured in the pursuit or foot chase.  

Four of the suspects, a 12-year-old and three 14-year-olds, were transferred to a juvenile detention center, while 18-year-old Sergio Ortiz was booked into the Grapevine Jail.  All five suspects are residents of Fort Worth.

During the investigation, Grapevine Police discovered the suspects were driving a vehicle that was stolen out of Fort Worth.  Various stolen property was also located inside, and personnel are processing the items to be returned to owners.

Charges include: Burglary of Habitation, Evading Arrest Detention, Theft of Property $30,000-$150,000, Warrant- Other City, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Evading Arrest Detention w/Vehicle, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Poss CS PG 3 < 28 G, Poss Marj 2oz>, and Burglary of Vehicle.

Any victims from the neighborhood around Woodhill Court whose vehicle was burglarized must first make a police report for items stolen.  Recovered property will be reunited with owners based on information given in the police reports.  Victims should call the non-emergency police number to begin the process of making a report.  The Grapevine Police non-emergency dispatch line is available 24/7 at: 817.410.8127

Not all suspects face all of the charges. Ortiz is charged with: Resisting Arrest Search or Transport, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Theft of Property $30,000-$150,000, and Evading Arrest Detention.

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Sergio Ortiz

Former Carroll coach arrested for child misconduct

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GRAPEVINE, Texas    Grapevine Police issued arrest warrants for a man accused of sexual assault of a child.

 45-year-old Anthony Clark faces three charges of Sexual Assault-Child, a second degree felony.  All three charges involve the same victim, who was 15 years old at the time of the offenses in 1999 and 2000.  The victim came forward in January, 2020.  

Clark was a volleyball coach at Carroll High School when he met the victim outside of campus, and he worked for Lewisville ISD at the time of the offenses.  All of the crimes occurred in Grapevine, but Clark was never employed by GCISD.  In addition to Carroll ISD and Lewisville ISD, Clark has also worked at schools in Keller ISD and White Settlement ISD.  He is no longer employed at a school.  

No other victims have made allegations against Clark.  Anybody who was a victim, or any parent who believes their child could be a victim should contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.  

Anthony Clark was booked into the Tarrant County Jail on Monday, March 2, 2020.  Bond is set at $25,000 for each charge, for a total of $75,000.  

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Anthony Clark (Photo: Tarrant County Sheriff)

DEA announces launch of Operation Crystal Shield

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image001DALLAS – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country. While continuing to focus on stopping drugs being smuggled across the border, DEA’s Operation Crystal Shield will ramp up enforcement to block their further distribution into America’s neighborhoods.

DEA has identified eight major methamphetamine transportation hubs where these efforts will be concentrated: Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, and St. Louis. Together, these DEA Field Divisions accounted for more than 75 percent of methamphetamine seized in the U.S. in 2019.

Operation Crystal Shield builds on existing DEA initiatives that target major drug trafficking networks, including the Mexican cartels that are responsible for the overwhelming majority of methamphetamine trafficked into and within the United States. From FY 2017 to FY 2019, DEA domestic seizures of methamphetamine increased 127 percent from 49,507 pounds to 112,146 pounds. During the same time frame, the number of DEA arrests related to methamphetamine rose nearly twenty percent. 

“For decades, methamphetamine has been a leading cause of violence and addiction – a drug threat that has never gone away,” said Acting Administrator Dhillon. “With a 22 percent increase in methamphetamine-related overdose deaths, now is the time to act, and DEA is leading the way with a surge of interdiction efforts and resources, targeting regional transportation hubs throughout the United States. By reducing the supply of meth, we reduce the violence, addiction, and death it spreads.”

“Seizures of methamphetamine in the Dallas Field Division, which includes North Texas and Oklahoma, have increased over 430% from 2018 to 2019. This staggering number reflects both the threat we face and the resolve of the DEA to keep methamphetamine out of our neighborhoods.  With our nationwide, concerted effort through Operation Crystal Shield, we will be partnering with other DEA offices across the globe to identify those transportation networks and command structures to ensure their greed is met with swift justice,” said DEA Dallas Field Division Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez.

Virtually all methamphetamine in the United States comes through major ports of entry along the Southwest Border and is transported by tractor trailers and personal vehicles along the nation’s highways to major transfer centers around the country. It is often found in poly-drug loads, alongside cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.

For more information, visit DEA.gov.

Grapevine Man Charged with Felony

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GRAPEVINE, Texas – Grapevine Police issued an arrest warrant for Indecency with a Child-Sexual Contact.

55-year-old Jeffrey Brooks faces a charge of Indecency with a Child-Sexual Contact, a second degree felony. He turned himself in for the warrant on January 28, 2020, and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Brooks is accused of making sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl in 2005 at Grapevine Faith Christian School.

The victim came forward in late 2019, after learning Brooks was employed as a teacher at South Euless Elementary.

No other allegations have been made against Brooks. Any parent who believes their child could be a victim should contact Grapevine Police at (817) 410-3236 or their local law enforcement agency immediately.

Grapevine Offender Jailed on New Charge

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GRAPEVINE, Texas  – A Grapevine man, who was previously arrested, is jailed on a new charge.

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Grapevine Police arrested 24-year-old Chansellor Hill for Exploitation of a Child pursuant to a federal arrest warrant issued from the Northern District of Texas.  There are no new victims associated with this arrest.

Grapevine Police arrested Hill multiple times in 2019 for charges including Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 14 and Possession of Child Pornography.

Chansellor Hill will be held in the Grapevine jail until he is transferred by federal authorities.  Hill is currently held, awaiting federal arraignment.  He continues to face charges in Tarrant County for the previous arrests.

The Grapevine Police Department recognizes community concerns surrounding these cases, but is limiting information on this new arrest so as not to jeopardize the investigation.  We thank all of our community partners for their assistance and outstanding efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe and informed.

Grapevine Murder Suspect Arrested

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Grapevine Police arrested 21-year-old Antonio Bigham for the murder of Omar Gonzales on New Year’s Day. He faces one charge of Murder.

A resident of Wildwood Creek Apartments discovered Gonzales’ body in a wooded area near his apartment at approximately 9:30 a.m. on January 1, 2020.  Gonzales had been stabbed in the chest.

Detectives used evidence from the scene and interviews with the victim’s and suspect’s acquaintances to identify Bigham as the suspect. The two men knew each other.

The Grapevine Police Department does not believe anyone else is in danger regarding this case. Antonio Bigham was transferred from the Grapevine Jail to the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, January 9, where he was arraigned. Bigham’s bond is set at $50,000. 

Processed cheese prank is no match for Carrollton CSI

imageCARROLLTON, Texas — Carrollton Police are looking for vandals who damaged a car, and hope to find them with prints lifted from the slices of cheese the culprits left behind. Solving a crime can hinge on even the smallest shred of evidence, and it’s Carrollton police officer Parker Powell’s job to find those clues.

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