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Dozens jailed in massive Andrews drug bust

Dozens of Andrews residents are behind bars, following an 18 month investigation. More than fifty local, state and federal agencies took part Wednesday morning in one of the largest round up of drug traffickers in Andrews history.

Andrews Police Chief Bud Jones says 39 suspects are charged in connection with 62 felony indictments related to the delivery of a controlled substance, mostly cocaine. He says the bust was the largest he has seen, in his 25 years on the job.

At least thirty arrests were made by Wednesday afternoon. "No one tried to run, no one tried to fight," Jones said. Some were already jailed on unrelated charges, while others have contacted law enforcement preparing to surrender.

The following suspects are held in the Andrews County Jail:

Charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance or simulated controlled substance:

  • Eric Elijah Armendariz, 28.
  • Matthew Thomas Armendariz, 20.
  • Rebecca Jean Armendariz, 32.
  • Jose Alonzo Baeza, 31.
  • Manuel Gallegos Baldana, 32.
  • Jesus Manuel Chavez, 25.
  • Ismael Garcia Jr., 22.
  • Tito Emmanuel Garcia Jr., 27.
  • Santiago Cortez Gomez Jr., 41.
  • Stacy Carol Kelly, 35.
  • Keith Paul Lance, 41.
  • Benigno Lujan, 29.
  • Liliana Lujan, 27.
  • Jeremy Theodore Lynn, 20.
  • Joel Mendoza, 30.
  • Elda Linda Ortiz, 34.
  • Ruth Lea Perez, 22.
  • Jose Angel Ramirez, 22.
  • Sam Carrasco Roman, 40.
  • Clarence Ray Thornburg, 34.
  • Rachel Nicole Zapert, 18.

Possession of marijuana in a drug free zone:

  • Cristina Melchor Sanchez, 20. 
    (arrested while officers served an indictment on another person)

The following suspects are held in the Odessa Detention Center:

Charged with distribution of a controlled substance:

  • Jose Aguilera.
  • Yovany (Giovani) Contreras.
  • Luis Nunez.



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