FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS FOUR LUBBOCK-AREA RESIDENTS FOR RUNNING A METHAMPHETAMINE DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY
LUBBOCK, Texas — Four Lubbock-area residents have been arrested on federal charges, outlined in two recently unsealed indictments, for running a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in North Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
In one indictment, Florentino Corrales, Jr., aka “Tino,” 37, of Levelland, Tx., Johnny Lee Kendrick, aka “Rabbit,” 44, of Lubbock, and Myndi Marie Jewell, 33, also of Lubbock, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. In addition, each is charged with at least one substantive count. If convicted, each defendant faces a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of several million dollars.
A separate, but related indictment charges Danny Bautista, aka “Nerd,” 41, of Wilson, Texas, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five grams or more, but less than 50 grams of methamphetamine and one substantive count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. If convicted, Bautista faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison and a fine of several million dollars.
The defendants made their initial appearances in U.S. federal court in Lubbock earlier this week and most have detention hearings set for Monday morning before a U.S. Magistrate Judge.
An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.
The cases are being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Levelland Police Department, the Hockley County District Attorney's Office and the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Cunningham, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, is in charge of the prosecution.
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