Various law enforcement agencies on the local, state, and federal levels successfully executed a large-scale drug sting.

The sting, nicknamed "Operation Taste the Rainbow," resulted in the arrests of 34 suspects on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges from across Lubbock. The operation spanned over the course of more than a year and authorities called it a success during a public press conference held Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.

The operation got its nickname due to the multi-colored methamphetamine found during the investigation.

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The below individuals are being charged with several crimes, primarily distribution of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of firearms, and conspiracy, totaling 69 controlled substance-related charges, 32 assault charges, 24 firearm related charges, 12 fraud charges, 9 burglary charges, 3 robbery charges, and a murder, forgery, and child sexual assault charge.

  • Jesse Martinez Jr.
  • Oscar Alcala Jr.
  • Teresa Delhierro
  • Stephanie Shea Ortiz
  • Austin Tyler Grant
  • Isaac Levi Hernandez
  • Robert Rangel Jr.
  • Sergio Lopez
  • Symon Anthony Maldonado
  • Samantha Denise Rodriguez
  • Michael Joseph Ybarra
  • Christopher Ray Lovington
  • Megan Francisca Gomez
  • Gabriel Lee Mendoza
  • Jessie Luciano Salazar
  • Ruby Alexis Banuelos
  • Adriana Pena
  • Alexandria Unique Conner
  • Bobby Joe Garcia Jr.
  • Christopher Eldon Limbaugh - "Skittles"
  • Christopher Daniel Garcia
  • Bobbi Jean Hendrix
  • Alexandra Cruz
  • James Raul Garza
  • David Bustos Jr.
  • Gerald Felipe Vargas
  • Julie Ann Sifuentes
  • Daniel Ramon Jr.
  • Kelsey Marie Applegate
  • Toby Mack Woods
  • Katie Dshawn Montez
  • Beatrice Delgado
  • Colten Shane White
  • Madison Whitney Michaels

Authorities are still searching for these five individuals:

  • Christopher Ruiz
  • Bobby Garcia
  • Oscar Alcala Jr.
  • Alexandra Cruz
  • Christopher Limbaugh

Anyone with information regarding the fugitives on the run from authorities, call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).


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