Another major drug bust in Levelland, 12 arrested - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/29/09

Another major drug bust in Levelland, 12 arrested

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LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - Not long after the storms passed through Levelland early Wednesday morning, there was another storm of a different kind. A six month investigation led to a second major narcotics round-up.

By Monday afternoon, twelve of the fifteen suspects were behind bars, most of them on drug related charges.

  • Dianne Winn

  • Desiree Savell

  • Shawnta Savell

  • Cynthia Miller

  • Michael Miller

  • Melissa Mayes

  • Ernesto Escamilla

  • Maria Gomez

  • Vincent Cruise

  • Lisa Gomez

  • Wendy Silva

  • Carolina Fitts

"We have located and confiscated several grams of meth and crack cocaine and the cash proceeds that accompany that," said Kevin Davis, an investigator with the Hockley County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators say Diane Winn played a major role in the distribution of cocaine throughout Levelland. The home at 304 Avenue E was raided  Tuesday, in connection to her arrest. On Wednesday, officers located Winn located at 1704 Dover, an address Levelland Police say they are quite familiar with.

"These homes that we are repeatedly going back to and serve search warrants to," said Davis. "We are going to start seizing these properties."

Davis says these most recent arrests are not related to another major bust earlier this month, when twenty-eight people were arrested following another major bust in Levelland. Among those charged with trafficking methamphetamines, were Hockley County narcotics officer, Jesse Quintanilla, and Chief Deputy Gordon Bohannon. Bohannon has since been fired.

Wednesday's bust involved the Levelland Police, Hockley County District Attorney's Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

"Everyone has worked real well together and it's been very successful," said Davis.

Officers are still looking for two suspects: Deverl Dent and Mindy Chavez, who could still be in the Lubbock area.

If you have any information that could help authorities track them down, please call Levelland Crimestoppers at 894-5500.

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