A 15-month undercover operation dubbed “Operation Fish Bowl” culminated with the arrests of 41 people on federal charges and the seizure of 25 guns and $1 million in drugs in 2006. More than 200 officers participated in a drug raid that resulted in the defendants getting a combined 629 years, seven months and one life sentence in prison, says the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
For Tegan Broadwater, the narcotics officer in the middle of the investigation, another number stood out. As a result of the convictions, 104 children were left without one or more parent. “Overall, kind of the whole gist of the operation was to salvage that neighborhood from the violence that was going on,” Broadwater said. “Not necessarily to eradicate dope, because you don't eradicate dope anyway, but the violence and the gangs who were using the dope. Motivated to help, Broadwater has written a book, “Life in the Fish Bowl,” about the case and is donating profits to charity. So far, he has given $2,500 to H.O.P.E. Farm, a Fort Worth nonprofit that serves children from neighborhoods that Operation Fish Bowl affected. A foundation has donated $20,000 to H.O.P.E. Farm in his honor.