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Federal prosecutors indict 12 in Texas as part of Sinaloa cartel meth operation

February 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal prosecutors indict 12 in Texas as part of Sinaloa cartel meth operation

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Federal Agents have rounded up twelve people allegedly involved in an elaborate methamphetamine distribution ring linked to the Sinaloa cartel.

U.S. Attorney John Parker out of the Northern District of Texas unsealed the indictment on Monday.

Parker said during an announcement that eleven of the defendants listed in the indictment were Texas residents from the Lubbock area.

Authorities seized one kilogram of methamphetamine, thirteen firearms, ammunition and retrieved several items of stolen property during raids.

The following suspects face charges of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine:

Isabel Soto, 28
Veronica Sanchez Lopez, 37
Monty Fred Humble, 35
Martin Leonard Lomas, 34
Michael Brent Watson, 33
Joe Louis Lara, 29
Cruz Lee Betancur, 32
Richard Luke Elam, 49
Jonathon Christopher Chapa, 33
Christopher Ray Lovington, 29
Erica Dominguez, 36

The indictment, alleges that the suspects conspired with three known members of the Sinaloa Cartel identified as Juan Carlos Pinales, 23,
Ramon Osvaldo Escobar-Robles, 25, and Jesus Mario Moreno-Perez, 24.

According to Breitbart Texas, federal prosecutors previously won convictions against the three cartel operatives, who were subsequently sentenced for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The judge sentenced Carlos Pinales to 151 months, Escobar-Robles to 78 months, Moreno-Perez to 120 months in federal prison.

Federal investigators say the three men were sent to the Lubbock area to oversee the distribution of methamphetamine on behalf of the Sinaloa criminal organization.

The majority of the defendants remain in federal custody. However, one suspect identified as Joe Louis Lara remains at large.

Lara faces an array of drug charges along with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

The arrests follow the capture of 22 high-ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel on the Arizona border last Friday during a top secret cross-border operation by multiple U.S. federal law enforcement agencies including U.S. Border Patrol, ICE, DEA, FBI, HSI, state and local authorities in Arizona along with Mexican Federal Police.

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