Money from one of the largest drug busts in Erath County has begun trickling down to local law enforcement agencies.
The Erath County Sheriff's Office recently received $1,904.77 from the Drug Enforcement Agency from the sale of a vehicle used to deliver large amounts of marijuana and narcotics - and more could be on the way. The money is placed in a forfeiture account benefiting local child advocate and law enforcement agencies approved by county commissioners.
The 2005 Ford F-250 was one of two vehicles used to transport large amounts of narcotics and marijuana from the Texas-Mexico border and Erath County. DEA investigators found ties to a Dublin-area ranch, where local law enforcement began noticing suspicious activity.
Victor Sierra was arrested in McClennan County on Nov. 3 after investigators followed a box van he was driving from Erath County. Investigators found 1,840 pounds of marijuana, with a street value estimated to be $1.1 million, in the van.
The DEA led the investigation and retained $12,698.45, 85 percent, of the property seized so far. Sheriff Tommy Bryant said he is uncertain if or when a portion of proceeds from the other vehicle will be turned over.
"There could be more money that trickles down to us, but the investigation remains in the DEA's hands," Bryant said.
The DEA is still gathering evidence of players involved in the local drug trafficking ring.
Bryant said sheriff's investigators will assist when DEA is ready to make additional arrests.