20 Individuals Charged in a West Texas Drug Conspiracy

20 Individuals Charged in a West Texas Drug Conspiracy

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Thirteen accused drug traffickers appear in federal court awaiting hearings, related to a multi-county drug bust that involves 20 individuals. 
    
 Several of the defendants were arrested in a *major* operation Thursday, while others were already in jail on other charges.


(Press Release)

In a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Caprock HIDTA (Hi-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force, and the Texas (Lubbock) Anti-Gang Center (TAG), 20 individuals are in federal custody on a federal criminal indictment for a drug trafficking conspiracy, announced Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

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, Texas earlier this month, and unsealed yesterday, charging 20 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 those defendants were arrested yesterday, five were already in custody at the Lubbock County Detention Center on related state charges.

As a result of this operation, law enforcement seized approximately one pound of cocaine, five pounds of hydroponic marijuana, five firearms, twelve vehicles, and a recreational vehicle.

Most of the defendants arrested will make their initial appearances in federal court before United States Magistrate Judge D. Gordon Bryant, Jr.

According to the indictment, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other illegal narcotics throughout West Texas and elsewhere.  The indictment further alleges that from approximately January 2018 through June 2018, the defendants conspired together, and with others, to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; five kilograms or more of cocaine, and marijuana.

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