March 24, 2011
Contact: Diana Apodaca
Phone Number: (915) 832-6000
Federal And Local Law Enforcement Round Up Methamphetamine Manufacturing And Distribution Rings
EL PASO, TX -- - United States Attorney John E. Murphy and DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit announced the arrests of 11 El Paso area residents charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. The 11 defendants are charged in two separate indictments returned by the Federal Grand Jury in El Paso.
Those arrested are: 29-year-old Lloyd Leslie Revels; 49-year-old Sylvester Singleton; 41-year-old Antonia Miramontes; 29-year-old Wesley Robert Kornegay; 35-year-old Jason Nathanial Stephens; 30-year-old Matthew Adrian Uster; 25-year-old Shannon Smith; 29-year-old Jacklyn Silva; 33-year-old Rachel Hall; 26-year-old Kevin Green; and, 24-year-old Kevin Sibley.
One indictment charges Revels, Singleton and Miramontes with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess a listed chemical with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. It alleges that from October 2, 2006, to August 30, 2010, the three conspired to purchase pseudoephedrine products from various local pharmacies and use it to produce methamphetamine for distribution.
A second, separate indictment charges the remaining defendants with conspiracies to manufacture methamphetamine and to possess pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine from September 10, 2005, to March 14, 2010. Defendant Kornegay allegedly produced methamphetamine using pseudoephedrine products that the other defendants purchased at local pharmacies.
“Methamphetamine is extremely harmful to individual abusers and can destroy the overall quality of life in any community. Through this investigation, DEA is holding dealers, as well as those who aid in methamphetamine production by diverting pseudoephedrine, accountable for the harm they cause,” said Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA, El Paso Division.
Upon conviction, each defendant faces between 10 years and life in federal prison. It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.
This case was investigated by the DEA together with the El Paso Police Department.The DEA El Paso Division encourages parents, and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, www.JustThinkTwice.comand www.dea.gov.