28 charged in federal indictment following Levelland drug raid - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/10/09

28 charged in federal indictment following Levelland drug raid

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK,TX (KCBD) -  The 110 federal count indictment returned earlier this week in Lubbock charges 28 defendants with counts of conspiracy and multiple drug offenses. Including two Hockley County Sheriff's deputies arrested on federal charges.

This investigation has been going on for months, and Friday's arrests are just the beginning. In a statement released Friday the Department of Justice says local, state and federal agencies worked together to break up what they call a crime conspiracy involving both sides of the law.

The founder of Aces and Eights Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, Levelland resident Bobby Duwayne Froman transported money to California to purchase large amounts of methamphetamines. The drugs were then transported to Levelland for distribution. Drugs were sold for cash, firearms, sexual favors and other goods. Authorities located multiple homes across West Texas where drugs were stored.

The indictment charged 28 people from the South Plains and California with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine along with other federal drug and firearms charges. Two of the 23 arrested Friday were Hockley County Sheriff's Deputies Gordon Clark Bohannon and Jose Jesse Quintainilla.

If those charged are found guilty they could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $4,000,000. Deputy Bohannon appeared in handcuffs before a judge at the Mahon Federal Building Friday afternoon without an attorney present. He is held without bond and has a hearing set for July 20th.

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