News Release
Date: November 20, 2009
Contact: Diana Apodaca
(915) 832-6074

Gunshot Victim Robert Yorkman and 18 Others Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

NOV 20 -- United States Attorney John E. Murphy and Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit of the Drug Enforcement Administration--El Paso Field Division today announced that 19 people, including 27-year-old Robert Yorkman and 23-year-old Isaac Morris Yorkman, both of Midland, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Robert Yorkman is also indicted alone in a second count for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. The indictment also includes a request for forfeiture of drug distribution proceeds from Robert Yorkman in the amount of $350,000.

Both Robert and Isaac Yorkman are being detained pending the resolution of this case.

Also charged in the indictment are:

Gilbert Yorkman, 29, of Midland,
Jesus Refugio Avila, a/k/a, "Zeus," 28, of Odessa,
Antonio Villareal Suchil, a/k/a, "Tony," 34, of Midland,
Martin Villareal Suchil, 38, of Midland,
Elbert Gene Giddings, a/k/a, "Geno," 26, of Midland,
Abel Serrano, 23, of Midland,
Ricardo Ventura, 21, of Midland,
Andre Tryon, a/k/a, "Train," 19, of Midland,
Junior Spencer Morris, a/k/a, "Texas Black," 26, of Midland,
Melissa Ann Sosa, 35, of Midland,
Carlos Buenrrostro, 24, of Midland,
Carlos Sermeno, a/k/a, "Lil Man," 43, of Midland,
Ermandina Gonzales, a/k/a, "Mandy," 27, of Midland,
Lionel Alexander Garcia, 29, of Midland,
Ananius Williams, a/k/a, "Jeezy," 26, of Midland,
Steve H. Garcia, 45, of Midland, and
Charles Elbert Young, a/k/a, "Lil C,"29, of Midland.

As of today, 14 of the defendants are in custody. Robert Yorkman and Isaac Yorkman were arrested on October 28, 2009, a day after Robert Yorkman was released from the hospital for a gunshot wound received at his business in mid-October. Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Midland Police Department are still searching for Giddings, Tryon, Morris, Young and Sermeno.

The indictment, unsealed this afternoon, alleges that since the beginning of 2006, the defendants have conspired together to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, along with the second count that alleges that Robert Yorkman conspired with others to distribute marijuana during the same time frame.

Upon conviction each defendant face between ten years and life in federal prison.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Midland Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeff Parras.