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Authorities Arrest Seven this Morning in Connection with Liquid/Crystal Methamphetamine Distribution Operation in the Odessa Area
DEA El Paso Field Division Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy answers questions from the media following the press conference in Midland, Texas.
DEA El Paso Field Division Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy answers questions from the media following the press conference in Midland, Texas.

JAN 05 (EL PASO, Texas) – This morning, federal, state and local authorities arrested seven individuals for their role in a methamphetamine distribution scheme operating in the Odessa area. A federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges those seven, along with 15 other individuals who were previously arrested, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Western District of Texas, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, El Paso Division.

“Today we dismantled a dangerous drug trafficking organization that sold and distributed methamphetamine throughout the Midland-Odessa area. I am extremely proud of the work DEA and our partners have done in this investigation to help keep the Permian Basin safe,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy.

“These defendants are accused of using family connections to establish a drug distribution ring that converted large quantities of liquid methamphetamine into crystal methamphetamine and sold it on the streets of Odessa,” stated United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. “The cooperation between the federal and local law enforcement agencies effectively disrupted this organization,” he added.

Between August 2015 and November 2015, the defendants, under the direction of brothers Moises and Jose Ramirez, allegedly conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the Western and Northern Districts of Texas.

On September 21, 2015, Ector County Sheriff’s deputies seized approximately 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine from Henry Andrade, Sr. and Monica Berumen Lopez following a traffic stop in Odessa. In November 2015, federal and local authorities executed four search warrants in Odessa and seized a total of 11 pounds of methamphetamine allegedly belonging to this organization. Ten pounds of the seized methamphetamine was in the process of being converted from liquid into crystal form; the other pound was in crystal form.

A list of the defendants charged in the federal grand jury indictment is attached. They face between ten years and life in federal prison upon conviction.

This investigation was conducted by DEA agents in Midland, El Paso and Oregon together with the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Midland Police Department, Ector County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The United States Marshals Service assisted in today’s arrests. Assistant United States Attorney V. LaTawn Warsaw is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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U.S. v. Moises Ramirez, et al.
WDTX Case # 7:15cr280

NAME                                                            AGE                                        RESIDENCE
* JOHN FLORES                                          51                                            ODESSA
* JULIAN RUIZ                                            39                                            ODESSA
* BONNIE AGUILAR                                  49                                            ODESSA
* ARGENTINA LUJAN                               35                                            ODESSA
* RAUL GARDEA                                        29                                            ODESSA
* TOBY EATON                                           39                                            ODESSA
* DEIDRA ELAINE ACOSTA                    37                                            ODESSA
** MOISES RAMIREZ aka “Moi”               42                                            ODESSA
** JOSE RAMIREZ aka “Kiki”                    43                                            ODESSA
** MAURO DELGADO                               39                                            ODESSA
** PAUL LEVARIO                                                 41                                            ODESSA
** OSCAR ESCUDERO aka “Oscar Perez” 19                                            ODESSA
** MANUEL PEREZ                                    21                                            ODESSA
** JUAN DANIEL VEGA                            21                                            ODESSA
** RAUL ROBLES                                       26                                            ODESSA
** JANET PEREZ                                         36                                            CORNELIUS, OR
** JOSE LUIS MIRANDA RAMIREZ       63                                            EL PASO
** MERCEDES GARCIA De RAMIREZ   62                                            EL PASO
** HENRY ANDRADE, SR.                        43                                            EL PASO
** MONICA DEL CARMEN BERUMEN LOPEZ 30                               EL PASO
** MARTIN LLANEZ                                  38                                            ODESSA
** CHASTITY GROOMS                             26                                            ODESSA
(* Arrested today; ** Already in custody)

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