Big Drug Bust Surprises Neighbors

We heard the chilling details this weekend of how meth has invaded our community.

It led to a police shooting that left one suspect in very critical condition.

The police chief says a narcotics officer fired on a vehicle during a virtual "demolition derby" in a parking lot at Saddle Creek and Center.

The passenger, 34-year-old Jason Welch, was hit and the driver took off.

Her car was tracked down to 48th Ave. and W Street.

The two people in that car were the 7th and 8th suspects arrested in just one meth investigation.

The first six were apprehended in a home near 65th and Wirt..

Brett Gilcrist says this is a quiet neighborhood, where people walk their dogs and children play.

“I walk past that house relatively every other day and its definitely not anything that I would have expected,” he said.

Gilcrist lives down the street from the house that contained one of the largest drug hauls in recent memory., eleven pounds of meth worth a half-million dolalrs.

“For me it just reminds me that you have to stay vigilant and you have to understand that wherever you go something can happen," he said.

Gilcrist and other neighbors say they weren't overly suspicious of what was going on inside this house, though many high priced cars that would park in back did raise eyebrows.

Police raided the house Friday night.

One neighbor tells Channel Six News he heard several small explosions coming from the house followed by at least two flash bombs as police entered the home. Six people were quickly taken into custody.

Police arrested 27-year-old Rachel Galvan, 25-year-old Alexander Studer, 30-year-old Jesus Gomez, 18-year-old Danielle Alberto, 23-year-old Armando Gomez and 32-year-old Marcial Corona without incident.

"I think a lot of times they know they're on borrowed time,” Gilcrist said. “It's just a matter of how long can they make it last."

Time ran out on the six suspects right away Friday night, followed by the arrests of two more after the police shooting and chase.

Welsh was found wounded inside the car at 48th Ave. and W Street and 35-year-old Jennifer Lovings turned herself in to police Sunday.

Gilcrist said police have done a good job in his neighborhood and that they have his continued support.

“The police are catching a lot of flack over whether that was a justified shooting,” he said. “At the same time if that drug bust doesn't take place, now the community is complaining that we didn't do anything. So I think you have to pick your poison. For me, I would rather have them do something other than nothing.”


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