22 Arrested in the Basin in Connection to Drug Distribution Operations 1/10/14
CBS 7 News
January 10, 2014
PERMIAN BASIN-Dozens of West Texans are behind bars today after authorities busted two massive drug operations.
Both federal and state agencies announced this morning that 22 of the 35 defendants involved in these operations were arrested yesterday.
The defendants are facing distribution charges at the state and federal levels. They could face between five and 40 years in federal prison.
"This is not going to be the last of this type of operation. Hopefully it puts drug dealers and sellers on notice that they don’t know who they’re selling to, if it’s a police officer, or who,” said Midland Police Chief Price Robinson.
The first operation, known as Operation Over A Chiva, slang for heroin, involved a drug trafficking cartel based in Ojinaga, Mexico.
Three fugitives, who are still at large, are believed to have been trafficking heroin from Ojinaga and the Sierra Blanca area to the Midland/Odessa area.
D.E.A officials referred to the second operation as a local social distribution operation that focused on cocaine trafficking in the Midland area.
Officials say the arrests made in the operation will have a significant impact on the community and ongoing crime.
"The user population will be out looking for a different source of supply, we’ve taken several sources of supply off the street here in the last 24 hours," said D.E.A. Special Agent Joseph Arabit, from the El Paso Division.
Arabit says they confiscated six pounds of methamphetamines, one pound of heroin, one pound of cocaine, 25 pounds of marijuana and $50,000 dollars in cash. He also says they will be working with their partners in Mexico in capturing the three remaining fugitives.
D.E.A officials say that these arrests serve as an example that this type of activity will not be allowed, or tolerated in the community.
One of the 22 defendants arrested in yesterday’s drug distribution operation is a council member on the MISD PTA Board.
According to an arrest affidavit, Sherea Myers Hill confessed to purchasing one gram of cocaine.
Officials arrested Hill after intercepting a telephone conversation of her talking about cocaine with one of the drug dealers involved in the operation. She has since posted bond.