Barbara Sims of Rowlett
A 60-year-old Rowlett grandmother was arrested Feb. 11 in the largest heroin bust in Rowlett’s history after police found 3,343 doses of “cheese” heroin in her home, with a street value of $33,450.
Barbara Sims, 60, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
The Rowlett Police Department, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Dallas County constables executed a search warrant that turned up 9 ounces of Mexican black tar heroin worth $25,250, 16 grams of cheese heroin valued at $2,286, two assault rifles, a semi-automatic machine pistol, and more than $1,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency.
Her home in the 6500 block of Fairfield Dr. is also across the street from a city park, which is considered a drug-free zone.
Police said they suspect she had manufactured them in her home and was planning to distribute the drugs across Dallas.
“Simms was a high-level drug dealer,” said Rowlett police Lt. David Nabors. “It was a manufacturing operation.”
“We found no indication it was being sold in our city. It was to be distributed in Dallas.”
He said the investigation began with a tip and proceeded quickly.
“On an investigation like this, it’s important to proceed fast because the potential for somebody to die is high.”
Nabors added that Simms could also face federal weapons charges. Police confiscated three loaded weapons, including an AK-47, and counterfeit cash.
They also found a Rolls-Royce, a Mercedes-Benz, a Jaguar and a Cadillac Escalade on the property.
Sims was released from jail Feb. 13 after posting a $100,000 bond.
Her daughter and grand-daughter also lived in the home, but Rowlett Police Department Public Information Officer John Ellison said they are not expected to face charges.
He said that the case is still under investigation.
Dozens of teens and young adults have died as a result of using cheese in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since the lethal mix was first reported on Dallas public school campuses in 2005.