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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two Hockley County Sheriff's deputies are in the Lubbock County Jail charged for their involvement in a major drug trafficking ring.
ATF called Deputy Gordon Bohannon to assist in the raid Friday morning and arrested him when he got to the scene. In video exclusive to NewsChannel 11 you can see federal agents searching his patrol car. The two sheriff's deputies along with 18 others have been booked and are in jail.
According to court documents the conversations detailed in the indictment were obtained through a court authorized wire tap. These pages shed light on the alleged relationship that existed between gang leaders and the law. The 145 page document details an ongoing investigation into a cross country methamphetamine trafficking ring based out of Levelland.
Bobby Duwayne Froman, aka "Quick," is President of Aces and Eights Motorcycle Outlaw Gang and, according to documents, is the lead defendant out of 28 charged. Froman allegedly recruited other bikers to transport cash to California in exchange for drugs. Once the drugs made it to Hockley County, court documents state that Froman and others weighed and packaged the drugs for sale across the South Plains in exchange for money, guns and even sexual favors. The documents reveal the street value for a pound of meth set by Froman ranged from $13,000 to $16,000.
Authorities worked this case for years, and say the personal relationship between Hockley County Sheriff's Lead Investigator Gordon Bohannon and Narcotics Officer Jesse Quintanilla kept the operation in tact by providing classified information to Froman and others.
Court papers show that, in April of 2009, Deputy Bohannon called Froman and told him his Levelland home was under surveillance. Bohannon revealed he was nervous but wanted to give Froman the heads up. Around the same time, documents indicate Bohannon told Froman to "go ahead and set up our deal and take him down again, and that's all right Bobby we got your back," according to court documents.
In May of 2009, Bohannon called Froman advising that "District Attorney Gary Goff is going to dismiss your case. We done it, I did it, we done it. And Froman responded I'll make it up to you. I'm tickled to death over that deal and we're gonna have a big barbeque," according to court documents.
Days later, in a phone conversation about the case dismissed by the DA, between Bohannon and another defendant about Froman's wife Sharon Bohannon said "and that's when I saved Sharon. I kept Sharon from going to the pen by shredding them papers and burning those tapes in my ashtray," according to documents.
Deputy Bohannon appeared before a federal judge Friday afternoon wearing a sheriff's shirt and handcuffs. As of Friday evening he sought representation from the Public Defender's Office and asked all charges against him be dismissed. He is held without bond and his hearing date is set for July 20th at 3 p.m. All 28 individuals charged face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and a fine up to $4 million.
* An initial reading of page 70 of the indictment seems to indicate that Deputy Jess Quintanilla is giving Bobby Froman advance information on law enforcement activity. However, upon closer inspection of the legal language of the indictment it is not so clear if Quintanilla is the one tipping off Froman. As opportunities arise, we will try to get clarification of Count 64 of the indictment.
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