A Fort Worth man involved in a 2017 opioid bust in Burleson — which has been the largest opioid bust across North Texas to date — recently pleaded guilty in federal court.
In June 2017, officers from the Johnson County Stop the Offender Program Special Crimes Unit were contacted by the Burleson Police Department in reference to possible illegal narcotics in the 1300 block of Northwest John Jones Boulevard.
Investigators set up covert surveillance and observed a white male entering into the business where the illegal narcotics were reported to be located, according to reports.
STOP agents made contact with and identified the subject as Brady Wirth Gaisser, now 31.
During a consent to search, a quantity of high-grade marijuana was located along with one of the largest Carfentanil processing labs ever located in North Texas.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.
These substances can come in several forms, including powder, blotter paper, tablets and spray — they can be absorbed through the skin or accidental inhalation of airborne powder.
Because of the extreme danger of Carfentanil, no field test could be performed and Gaisser was arrested and booked into the Johnson County Jail for possession of marijuana over 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds, a state jail felony.
He bonded out on the charge the next day, and, according to reports, moved his family from the city of Burleson to an unknown location.
Over 30 drug exhibits were processed from the scene and 21 drug exhibits were sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Waco.
For health and safety reasons the laboratory only tested two of the 21 exhibits submitted.
One of the drug exhibits Gaisser had in his possession at the time of his arrest tested positive for over 20 grams of Carfentanil, according to reports.
The second container tested returned as over 500 grams of Carfentanil.
The other drug exhibits were a hodgepodge of different narcotics, including multiple containers believed to be liquid Carfentanil, powder Carfentanil, bags of ecstasy, numerous containers of tetrahydrocannabinol wax, boxes of Tramadol, Tapentadol and several synthetic controlled substances.
Upon receiving the lab results, an arrest warrant was issued for Gaisser for manufacturing and/or delivery of a controlled substance PG1, over 400 grams, a first-degree felony.
Judge William Bosworth of the 413th District Court set the bond at $1 million.
In August 2017, investigators were able to track Gaisser down to a location in Tarrant County where he was taken into custody for the warrant. At the time of his arrest, Gaisser was with his wife and three children.
This past fall, Gaisser pleaded guilty of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle accepted Gaisser’s guilty plea on Nov. 7, and ordered him to remain in custody at Federal Correctional Institute Seagoville, a low-security federal prison.
He has not yet been sentenced.