20 People Charged in West Texas Drug Conspiracy
Twenty people are in federal custody on a federal criminal indictment for a drug trafficking conspiracy.
In a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Caprock HIDTA (Hi-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force and the Texas (Lubbock) Anti-Gang Center (TAG).
Those defendants arrested yesterday or in custody on other charges are:
Jose Garcia-Lizanaga, also known as “Chepe”, 43, Lubbock
Jorge Luis Lizarraga-Tirado, also known as “Luis” or “Barba”, 30, Mexican citizen
Antonio Alvarez, Jr., also known as “Tony”, 42, Lubbock
Eduardo Agustin Cruz, also known as “Lalo”, 41, Lubbock
Robert Lee Melendez, also known as “Roberto”, 26, Meadow
Jesus Marcus Franco, also known as “Jesse”, 34, Brownfield
Juana Sanchez, also known as “Juana Salazar” or “Jaime”, 41, Littlefield
Richard David Hupper, also known as “Piraton”, 42, Pennsylvania
Andrew Doyal Pugh, 29, Alabama
Gregory Holleman, also known as “G”, 50, Lubbock
Saul Chavira-Molina, 25, Kansas
Jermaine Edgar Garmon, 40, Lubbock
Shad Everett Evans, 42, Brownfield
Arturo Sanchez, 39, Lubbock
Petra Maria Sauceda-Perez, also known as “Aunt” or “Tia”, 38, Fabens, Texas
Kim Herrera, 27, Lubbock
Jessica Angel Deleon, 34, Lubbock
Broderick Bradley, 35, Lubbock
Ambrosio Garcia, Jr., also known as “Bocho”, 33, Lubbock
Ambrosio Garcia-Rodriguez, Sr., 58, Mexican citizen
The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Lubbock earlier this month, and unsealed yesterday, charging twenty individuals in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana; distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, cocaine base, and marijuana; unlawful use of a communications facility; and bulk cash smuggling.
Fifteen of the defendants were arrested yesterday. Five were already in custody at the Lubbock County Detention Center on related charges.
Law enforcement seized approximately one pound of cocaine, five pounds of hydroponic, marijuana, five firearms, twelve vehicles, and a recreational vehicle.
The defendants were engaged in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other illegal narcotics throughout West Texas. The defendants also conspired together to possess with intent to distribute five-hundred grams of methamphetamine, five kilograms of cocaine, marijuana.