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Two Levelland residents arrested for involvement in meth ring

Source: Hockley County Source: Hockley County

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - Two Levelland residents that were involved in a meth ring that, identity theft and making counterfeit checks were arrested on Thursday.

Sheriff's Deputies issued a search warrant at a Levelland hotel where they found eight grams of meth-amphetamine along with evidence that they were selling it as well. Deputies also seized nearly $2,500 in cash as well the suspect's vehicle which is believed to have been used in the illegal operations. Deputies were assisted by the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office canine unit during the search.

During the search, Deputies discovered a sophisticated check counterfeiting operation as well as evidence of identity theft. Electronic devices including computers, printers, hard drives and other devices often used in identity theft were seized.

Markus Garza of Levelland and Trista Coomer of Lubbock were arrested and charged with Manufacturing and Distribution of a Controlled Substance, a First Degree Felony, as well as one count of Possession of Fraudulent Identifiers, a State Jail Felony.

Investigators are still attempting to determine how many checks had been produced and/or passed in Hockley County and the surrounding areas. The U.S. Treasury Department will be requested to assist in the counterfeiting aspect of the investigation.

Any citizen who may have cashed a check passed by these individuals is encouraged to contact Captain Nick Simpson with the Hockley County Sheriff's Office.

Both Garza and Coomer remained in jail on $55,000 bond each. Additional charges are expected.

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