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U.S. District Court hands out 20 drug indictments

TERRE HAUTE —  Wake-up came early for 20 Vigo County residents indicted on federal drug charges Thursday morning.

A 100-plus-officer warrant sweep launched about 6 a.m. had netted 19 arrests by the afternoon, Brad Blackington, assistant U.S. attorney, announced at a news conference in the Terre Haute City Police Department’s training center.

Full story, The Tribune-Star

Sixteen people found guilty on methamphetamine charges

Sixteen people, including two from Silsbee, pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charges this week, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

A two-year undercover operation involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies led to the arrests in a case that involved the distribution of about 25 kilograms of methamphetamines.

The 16 people convicted include:

Scott Lewis Christie, 25 and Gregory Lucas, 26, both of Pena; Michael Boyd Jenkins, 48, of Woodville; Arthur Richard Gernon, 41, of Colmesneil; David Ryan Corbitt, 44, of Colmesneil; Alfred Resendez, 29, of Houston; Edward Buford Hoyt, 42, of Woodville; Ernest Wayne Jenkins, 36, of Silsbee; Noel Garza, 28, of Houston; John Wayne Watts, 29, of Fred; Janice Deaton Fails, 61, of Houston; Darren Russell Votaw, 25 of Hillister,; William Earl Callaway, 31, of Spurger; Amanda Marie Zepeda, 28, of Kingwood; Steven Eldridge Harville, 49, of Silsbee and Eddie Perez, 27, of Houston.

From the Beaumont Enterprise

Last 2 of 16 plead guilty over SE Texas meth ring

BEAUMONT, Texas — The final two defendants, of 16 indicted over a Southeast Texas drug ring, have pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Beaumont says sentencing is pending for all 16 men and women.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Scott Lewis Christie and 26-year-old Gregory Lucas Pena, both of Houston, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

All 16 were charged in what investigators say was a conspiracy to possess and district meth from September 2006 to August 2007.

Prosecutors say the other 14 defendants pleaded guilty earlier this week. They are from Woodville, Colmesneil, Houston, Silsbee, Fred, Hillister, Spurger and Kingwood.

From the Houston Chronicle

Nine people indicted in drug operation

A federal grand jury Thursday indicted nine people accused of running a large drug operation in southern Tulare County.

The indictment came after a three-year investigation of what federal prosecutors are calling the "Montenegro-Negrete Organization." It's named after two of the nine people indicted, Adrian Negrete-Hernandez, 42, of Terra Bella and Juan Delgado-Montenegro, 42, of Porterville.

Full story, the Visalia-Times Delta

Authorities: Child, 2, found at meth home

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - Authorities who stopped a motorist for a possible traffic violation say they found a more major offense: Materials for a methamphetamine lab were in the driver's pickup.

That led to a search of the driver's residence, where they say they found another lab and a 2-year-old child.

Full story, from the Times Daily

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