Midland County Sends Aid to Eldorado

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- An eight member SWAT Team from the Midland County Sheriff's office was in Eldorado, Friday, helping dozens of law enforcement agents from around Texas in a raid at the Fundamentalists Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says they also sent an armored personnel carrier to help gain access on the compound.

"They had the temple surrounded with their vehicles refusing to allow admittance. We rolled the armored personnel carrier up and they complied," said Sheriff Painter.

Sheriff Painter says his team worked with about 60 other law enforcement agents to search the buildings on the compound.

"We have information, young people, females, that are in the compound some of them might be held against their will others that may have been used as sex tools or whatever you want to call it. Some of them have children, these young ladies are sixteen or under," Painter said.