Meth dealers plead guilty, halfway house worker sentenced - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Meth dealers plead guilty, halfway house worker sentenced

Rene Benavides, image from Lubbock County Sheriff's Department Rene Benavides, image from Lubbock County Sheriff's Department

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man pleads guilty on Methamphetamine-related charges.  Rene Benavides, 38, admits to Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.  Court records say in April of 2009, Benavides sold $1,600 worth of methamphetamine to a confidential source who was working for the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Benavides will be sentenced at a later date to no more than 20 years in prison. 

In an unrelated case, a Lubbock County woman admits she sold Methamphetamine to a confidential source working for the DEA.  Monica Alicia Garcia pleaded guilty last week to Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. She'll be sentenced at a later date to at least 5 years, but not more than 40 years in prison.

A Lubbock halfway house worker will have to serve two-and-a-half years in prison.  Last year Mose Lewis admitted to making a false statement to federal investigators.  Court records say Lewis had oral sex with a halfway house resident at Dismas Charities.  Those same court records say when confronted about it, that's when he lied.  Lewis was sentenced on Friday.

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