Meth drug bust in Cherokee County nets 11 arrests
Eleven people are in custody after a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Tuesday.
A combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies started arresting individuals Tuesday named in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury on Jan. 23, according to a news release.
The indictment charges the following individuals with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine: Javier Colmenero Loyola, 46; James Franklin Carpenter, 59; Bobby Joe Whiteley, 42; Brandon Wesley Kimble, 28; Christopher Trent O'Neal, 27; Toby Hill Coslett, also known as “Crazy,” 41; Jeffrey Rainey, also known as “Pee Wee,” 49; Stile Parker Denton, 48; Morris Edward Stone, 43; James Adrien Craig, also known as “Ace,” 37; and Christine Marie Hamer, 35.
The individuals were scheduled to appear Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love, according to a news release. They each face 10 years up to life in federal prison if convicted, the news release states.
This indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the Tyler FBI office, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the Jacksonville Police Department and members of the Safe Streets Task Force.
Other agencies that participated in Tuesday's arrests included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers Special Operations Group, and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Moore.