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Specialized unit working to get drugs, weapons out of Bexar County communities

BCSO's Street Crimes Unit focuses on high-crime areas

SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit has been spending more time on cleaning up some of the roughest neighborhoods in East Bexar County. 

Their focus has been in the Glen and Camelot communities after there was an increase in crime.

"That's where you start seeing all your gangs and you get a majority of your shootings. You (also) get a majority of your disturbances, stabbings things like that (and) murders,” Deputy Salgado said.

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From January through March, the unit arrested more than 950 people, seized 150 weapons and got more than 62,000 grams of drugs off the streets.

"In this case, one of our deputies had one of the males step out. He asked him, 'Do you have any narcotics? Do you have any weapons on you? Contraband?' He pats him down (and) as he's looking down he can see plastic coming out of his sock."

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While this night specifically focused on two neighborhoods in East Bexar County, the Street Crimes Unit will randomly target other high-crime areas to keep criminals guessing.

KSAT photojournalist Robert Samarron contribute to this story. 

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