August 18, 2016
Contact: Wendell Campbell
Phone Number: (713) 693-3000
Federal Authorities Arrest Seven In Madisonville For Distributing Methamphetamine
WACO, Texas - Today, federal, state and local authorities arrested seven Madisonville, Texas, residents charged in connection with a methamphetamine trafficking operation announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division, and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw.
Those arrested today include: 26-year-old Ezequiel (aka “Ziek”); 23-year-old Pedro Martinez-(aka “Dro,” “Pedro”); 27-year-old Manuel (aka “Meme”); 19-year-old Victor Doubrovski; 28-year-old Steven Jerrell (aka “Rell”); 23-year-old Dedrick Dondre (aka “Lowkey”); and 23-year-old Jeremy (aka “Jergo”).
A federal grand jury indictment returned in Waco and unsealed this afternoon charges the defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine since April 2015. During this year-long investigation, authorities took possession of approximately 1.5 kilograms of “crystal” methamphetamine through undercover purchases from the defendants.
Upon conviction, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison. All of the defendants remain in federal custody at this time.
Detention hearings are expected to occur next week before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske in Waco. This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement (DEA) and the Texas Department of Public Safety -- Criminal Investigation Division together with Homeland Security (HSI), Houston Division, and Madison County District Attorney Brian Risinger. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and (ATF), United States Marshals Service, and the Brazos County Sheriff’s office assisted with today’s arrests. Assistant United States Attorney Mary Kucera is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
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.