By Jessica Shorten
CONROE, TX – On Wednesday, three members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Philip Cash, Senior Sergeant Michael Landrum, and Deputy Ben Nichols were awarded certificates of commendation for their outstanding work on a multi-agency task force. The task force, known as OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) is responsible for the arrest and federal conviction of 73 leaders and high ranking members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. They were recognized by the Director of ATF Thomas E. Brandon for their assistance in this takedown of the Aryan Brotherhood.
Sheriff Tommy Gage said, “When you work on something this big, for this long, it’s a lot of hard work, and when you get something like this, 73 members, it’s a big deal.”
The OCDEFT began this operation in 2008, and finished in 2014. The task force was a collaboration of ATF, DEA, FBI, IRS, U.S. Marshals and various county agencies including the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. This operation was part of a nationwide movement into stopping drug and human trafficking, along with cutting down on gang violence. The process of apprehending and convicting high level gang members is a grueling task that takes years, but paid off for this task force, which has succeeded in severely crippling the Aryan Brotherhood’s reach.
We would like to congratulate Lieutenant Philip Cash, Senior Sergeant Michael Landrum, and Deputy Ben Nichols and extend the community’s deepest thanks for a job well done.
SHERIFF GAGE CONGRATULATES LIEUTENANT PHILIP CASH