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Cherokee County Individuals Arrested On Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 11 individuals are in custody following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.

                On Feb. 5, 2013, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began arresting individuals named in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury on Jan. 23, 2013.  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, aka "Crazy," 41
Jeffrey Rainey, aka "Pee Wee," 49
Stile Parker Denton, 48
Morris Edward Stone, 43
James Adrien Craig, aka "Ace," 37
Christine Marie Hamer, 35

The defendants will appear today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.  If convicted, the defendants each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison.

This indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the Tyler office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Police Department and members of the Safe Streets Task Force.  Numerous additional agencies participated in today’s arrests including DEA, ATF, HSI, the US Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Texas Rangers Special Operations Group, and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Moore.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Updated March 12, 2015