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Authorities say they rid Alamo of two crack houses

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By The Staff

Authorities have dismantled two crack houses on Alamo Street, resulting in the arrest of a “big fish,” an official said.

Most of the suspects belong to the same family, local authorities said.

Last Thursday, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed two search warrants at 510 and 418 Alamo Street.

Task force Commander Sgt. Mack L. Allingham said the two houses were under surveillance. He said his agency had received information that the suspects who were identified in the warrant as Anthony L. “Leera” Benavidez and Richard D. “Quate” Sedillo were suspected of conspiring between each other to sell cocaine.

Allingham said the search warrant was granted by District Judge Abigail Aragon.

As agents entered both houses, they encountered Benavidez and Sedillo and detained them. At 510 Alamo, which is Benavidez’s house, agents found another man identified as Herminio “Ermie” Benavidez, according to a task force press release.

Herminio Benavidez had a large amount of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $5,000 and items indicating crack cocaine trafficking, officials said. He was placed under arrest and charged with trafficking crack cocaine. Herminio Benavidez also confessed to agents that he was in fact selling crack cocaine to drug users who would go to his residence at 510 Alamo, the press release states.

Allingham said Herminio Benavidez was considered a “big fish” in the drug trade.

Allingham said the parents of the Benavidezes, who were identified as Carla and Anthony Leroy Benavidez, were charged for narcotics violations and would be summoned into court at a later date.

He said more arrests would take place in connection with the trafficking.