San Jacinto County, Texas, Meth Compound Raided: Drug Shrine, Children, Guns And Emaciated Dogs Found On Property

Authorities raided a compound in San Jacinto, Texas, on Wednesday, finding children, guns, ammunition emaciated dogs and 80 roosters on the property, KTRK-TV reported. Law enforcement officials said those on the compound were making and selling meth to inmates at a nearby jail.

Meth and cocaine were found on the property, in addition to a "massive drug shrine," KTRK reported. Four adults were arrested at the scene, while authorities also found five children under the age of 12, according to KTRK. There was no electricity on the property.

"It's sickening," said San Jacinto Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Tim Kean, according to KTRK. "I don't know how anybody could put a child through something like that. I really don't."

In one place, authorities found weapons next to a child's crib. The children were transferred to the care of relatives. It was unclear whether the adults had yet been charged.

"Children don't need to be exposed to this," said San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office operations captain Joe M. Schulte Jr, according to the Houston Chronicle. "Sometimes the parents don't care."

Authorities began looking into the situation a few months ago when it was discovered that meth was being taken into the jail, the Houston Chronicle reported. The San Jacinto Sheriff's Office set up surveillance to determine the origin of the drugs and who they were being transported by.

Multiple law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant early Wednesday morning. No shots were fired during the raid. It was unclear whether the compound was tied to a drug cartel.

The drugs were apparently being brought into the jail by people called trustees, or inmates who have privileges that allow them to leave and reenter. The program at the jail was since shut down.

In August, authorities raided a remote compound near Amalia, New Mexico, on which 11 starving children were being held. Five adults were arrested, and the body of a small boy was discovered on the property. Officials said there was no running water or electricity, no plumbing and little food available.

The children on the compound were reportedly being trained to carry out school shootings, the Associated Press reported. Preliminary hearings for the five adults charged were scheduled for Wednesday morning.

San Jacinto Texas Drug Compound
Authorities raided a compound in San Jacinto, Texas, on Wednesday, finding children, guns, ammunition emaciated dogs and 80 roosters on the property. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images