A major drug operation was busted in Rosenberg.
Eight people were locked up. Many were members of the same family.
Cops say a mom, her children and their significant others were all a part of the family business - selling crack from the family house.
All, while eight small children watched.
Those children, the oldest who is just 9-years-old, are safe tonight in C.P.S. custody.
Their parents are at the Fort Bend County Jail, except for two who have since bonded out.
In all they are facing more than 50 felony counts.
It's a bust that still has detectives shaking their heads.
"We've seen the children standing next to the parents while they are cooking the crack cocaine, selling the crack cocaine, handing the crack cocaine off to other people," said one detective, whose identity we cannot reveal.
He knows this case the best, having spent nearly every day since May staking out the farm house that's tucked away off Airport road in Rosenberg.
"I've never seen an operation like this," he said. The activity is that of a 7-11, there was so many people coming and going all hours."
On the weekends, he estimates as many as 80 people stop by to get their fix - the drug of choice for this family, crack cocaine and powder cocaine.
During the week, he said, maybe half of that.
"I know there was a lot of traffic in and out of there," said Jim Weaston, who lives closest to the family.
Activity that hasn't gone unnoticed by neighbors which is what tipped police off in the first place.
"The neighbors come out and asked me what was going on back there - I said I have no idea then one of the other fellas said there was a raid." he said.
After months of surveillance, cops finally made their move Saturday morning and busted Peggy Cantu, her boyfriend Mario Degollado, her children Christopher, Peggy Suzanne and their significant others Ashley Vasquez, Joseph Gunter and Janie Gonzalez. Peggy's other son John had been arrested earlier in the sting and Ruben Arrendondo was at the wrong place at the wrong time getting high.
They also found an arsenal of weapons, three of which had been reported stolen.
"I'm glad they got them," Weaston said.
Glad, not for his safety, but for the thousands of children that pass that house every day.
You've got George elementary right across the street and the Living Water Christian school two doors down and possibly the Cantu's next home going up in between - a drug treatment facility.
A big break for detectives, but the case is far from over.
"We've ID'd other people involved - they're going to be next," the detective said.
Because they were selling in drug-free zone, the penalties are much worse, not to mention all eight have been in trouble with the law before.
Charges that can carry sentences from 5-99 years in prison.