Operation Crackdown is underway in Calvert

POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 4:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

CALVERT -- Last month we first told you about "operation crackdown" in Robertson County.

Well today in the small town of Calvert, it was demolition day, and over the next week more than 30 homes will be destroyed by the Texas National Guard.

Fox 28's Lauren Holman explains just how this operation works.

The house that sits on the corner of Logan and Magnolia has been abandoned for over 10 years and Calvert Police Chief, Nancy Juvrud, says it's more than just an eyesore in the community.

"It's going to be a safety measure and a health measure for all of us. We find dogs, we find cats living in these houses and that makes the conditions unsafe and unhealthy."

But Chief Juvrud won't have to worry about this structure anymore because today the Texas National Guard tore it down as part of "operation crackdown."

For the past two years the city of Calvert has been working to tear down abandoned houses that are used to sell drugs out of and in less than one minute all that remains are pieces.

"The funds being used to tear this house down were seized along the Texas-Mexico border from the Gulf Cartel right across from McAllen, so it's a direct slap in the face for them when they see this on television," said William Smith with the Texas National Guard.

Over the next week members of the Texas National Guard will be in Calvert knocking down a total of 38 structures with no cost to the city.

"It's just wonderful when we found out about this program and the army to come in here with their source and their equipment so we can now manage to make a big dent in it," said Kevin O'Carroll, Calvert superintendent. 

All by tearing down one drug house after the other.

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