LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Twenty suspects arrested in Hockley County Friday in connection with a massive drug trafficking ring appeared before a Federal Magistrate in Lubbock Monday.
Arriving in shackles, Hockley County Sheriff's Narcotics Officer Jesse Quintanilla led the group followed by Bobby Froman who, according to the indictment, is the leader of the alleged methamphetamine ring that all 28 are charged in. Hockley County Chief Deputy Gordon Bohannon is also named in the indictment. He and four others appeared before the magistrate on Friday.
In Levelland, community members came together for 24-hours of prayer, and organizers tells us the event came at the most opportune time.
24-hours of prayer ended Monday at 7 p.m. in Levelland. Folks came together to bathe the community in prayer, just three days after many spirits were at their lowest. "It's inspiring that our community has turned out for this," Brian Hill said.
Organizers tell us they'd planned this event a long time before Friday's arrests, but they tell us the timing could not have been more perfect. "God picked the date, and we know it," Lee Ann Edwards said.
"Friday was an awful day, but this is not about Friday. This is about God. It's about a community loving each other. Some of us went down to see the sheriff. He's had a difficult time the last few days, and we just went down and prayed with him, told him sheriff we believe in you, we trust you and we trust your department, and we feel safe," Levelland Ministerial Alliance President Wayne Horton said.
"We just want a blessing on this city. We have to turn things around and we have to be sorry for mistakes we've all made. We are a unified community," Edwards said.
Well-wishes filled their minds and stickers as community members wrote down what they hoped for in the future, placed them onto balloons, and then let them float into the South Plains' sky. "We're here for each other," Horton said.
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20 arrested in drug bust appear before federal judge
The majority of those arrested in a massive drug trafficking ring in Levelland appeared before a Lubbock federal judge Monday morning. NewsChannel 11's Katie Bauer has the details.