20 arrested in drug bust appear before federal judge - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/13/09

20 arrested in drug bust appear before federal judge

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The majority of those arrested in a massive drug trafficking ring in Levelland appeared before a Lubbock federal judge Monday morning. Twenty of the 28 arrested suspects appeared for their initial appearance, two of those are Hockley County Sheriff's deputies.

Arriving in shackles, Hockley County Sheriff's Narcotics Officer Jesse Quintanilla led the pack on Monday, followed by Bobby Froman who, according to the indictment, is the ring leader of the alleged methamphetamine ring.

One by one, the defendants entered the federal building for their initial appearance. Authorities were able to arrest 28 people from Texas, Arizona, and California for their alleged involvement in a major drug trafficking ring mostly methamphetamines.

Court documents reveal Bobby Froman and others sold the drugs across the South Plains for money, guns, and sexual favors. The indictment states that Hockley County Sheriff's Deputies Gordon Bohannon and Jesse Quintanilla were involved. 

Authorities worked on this case for years and court papers detail conversations obtained through a court authorized wire tap. 

Court papers also stated that Bohannon told Froman in a phone conversation "go ahead and set up our deal and take him down again. That's all right Bobby, we got your back."

Bohannon and four others appeared before a Lubbock federal judge on Friday. Those that have had their initial appearance will remain here in the Lubbock County Jail until after detention and arraignment hearings, which are scheduled for later this month.

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