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DRONES USED TO SEARCH FOR ESCAPED PRISIONER

On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Chief Wieghat of the City of Splendora Police Department, dispatched his UAS Unmanned Air Support Division to assist The Conroe Police Department. This was in reference to the hunt for the escaped prisoner, Cedric Joseph Marks. The team, consisting of Officer Hardin and Captain Hadrych, was tasked with Drone support operations that targeted rooftops and building complexes in support of ground units. Due to the fog Sunday morning which hung just 200-feet over Conroe, DPS or Law Enforcement Helicopters were unable to fly. The drones from Splendora Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were able to cover a large area looking down on commercial rooftops, dumpsters cutting ground patrol units time and adding to their safety.
This was a multi-agency effort that combined air, K-9, and ground support. Several law enforcement agencies worked tirelessly as a team until the prisoner was in custody and the public safety was restored. Please note the many LE agencies who assisted in this investigation :

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
US Marshals and Gulf Coast Task Force
Texas DPS CID
Texas Rangers
Texas Highway Patrol
ATF
Splendora PD
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Harris County Precinct 3
Harris County Precinct 4
TDCJ K 9
Montgomery County P 2
Conroe Fire Marshal
US Customs and Border Patrol
Homeland Security Investigations
ICE

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