General · January 6, 2021 0

Eleven Meth, Cocaine Traffickers Charged in Amarillo

Eleven Meth, Cocaine Traffickers Charged in Amarillo

(STL.News) Eleven alleged drug traffickers have been arrested and charged in Amarillo, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

The defendants – who allegedly conspired to deal hundreds of grams of methamphetamine and cocaine – were arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 5 in a bust led by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Amarillo Resident Office. During the operation, law enforcement seized more than 25 guns as well as kilogram quantities of drugs and U.S. currency.

The majority of the defendants made their initial appearances Wednesday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lee Ann Reno.

Those charged in the 14-count indictment include:

Christopher David Bell: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine
Randall Emery Bull: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine
Summer Nichole Wilcox: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
Arizona Michelle Wood: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a communications facility
Ruben Gomez-Bastida: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine
Sergio Segovia: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine
Jimmy Pancheco: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine
Julia Annette Machado: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine
Katreyna Ann Betancourt: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine
Brenda Joynce Monroe: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine
Billy Loy Holliday: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances
“Combatting the scourge of illegal drug trafficking is one of the Justice Department’s top priorities,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “We are proud to have collaborated with so many law enforcement agencies to disrupt the flow of meth and cocaine and to take so many high-level dealers off the streets of Amarillo.”

“Tuesday’s city-wide, cooperative law enforcement efforts to disrupt the methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking in our city was a tremendous success,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Division Eduardo A. Chávez. “The Yellow Rose of Texas is safer today as we bring justice to those drug traffickers who want to poison our communities and profit from those who struggle with addiction.  DEA Amarillo’s efforts will never waver as we seek to protect the neighborhoods we call home.”

“Drug trafficking and the public safety risks associated with it is a top priority for HSI Dallas and we will continue to allocate substantial resources to combat those responsible,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge of HSI’s Dallas Field Office.”

An indictment is merely an allegation of criminal conduct, not evidence. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

If convicted, the lead defendant, 44-year-old Christopher Bell, faces up to life in federal prison. Other defendants face between four years to life in prison.

Three defendants charged in the indictment remain fugitives.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the Potter County Sheriff’s Office, the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Amarillo Police Department, the Potter and Randall County District Attorney’s Offices, the Texas Anti-Gang Unit, and the United States Marshal’s Service.  The Texoma High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Southwest Region, and the National Guard Counter Drug unit provided operational support.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Marie Bell is prosecuting the case.

SOURCE: USDOJ.Today

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