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3 arrested, identified in multi-agency drug bust

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Jamie Marie Robertson, Jessica Christine Holl, Sidney Caleb Lanier (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Jamie Marie Robertson, Jessica Christine Holl, Sidney Caleb Lanier (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Thursday, October 27th raid at 4901 Thursday, October 27th raid at 4901

A news conference was held at 2 p.m. in Downtown Lubbock at the U.S. Attorney's Office. The news conference announced a "critical law enforcement action." 

The Lubbock Police Department served warrants for multiple federal drug charges Thursday morning. Officials say this was a fentanyl drug raid.

The first raid happened at an apartment complex at 4901 4th Street, near Slide Road. The second raid happened at a house in the 5700 block of 154th Street.

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According to the office of the United States Attorney Northern District, 36-year-old Sidney Caleb Lanier was arrested at his home on 154th Street. Jessica Christine Holl, 28, and Jamie Marie Robertson, 32, were arrested at their apartment on 4th Street. A date and time for their initial appearances has not been set.

According to the criminal complaint, from approximately January 2013 to October 27, 2016, defendants Lanier, Holl, and Robertson did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree with each other and with persons known and unknown to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance.

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge.  A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment.  The maximum statutory penalty for the offense charged is 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

This law enforcement operation focused on the distribution in the Lubbock area of the highly potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl.  Fentanyl is responsible for a sharp increase in opioid deaths across the U.S.  It poses a high risk of death not only to users, but also to law enforcement personnel.

While fentanyl can serve as a direct substitute for heroin in opioid-dependent individuals, it is a dangerous substitute as it is 50 times more potent than heroin and results in frequent overdoses that can lead to respiratory depression and death.  Cheaper than heroin, fentanyl can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin; just a few milligrams, equivalent to a few grains of table salt, may be deadly.

Fentanyl is a painkiller that is 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. Experts say there has been a crushing wave of overdose deaths nationwide caused by fentanyl mixed with heroin. Drug dealers are now cutting heroin with fentanyl, and in some cases, using pure fentanyl to pass off as heroin. If a user gets a dose that is super potent or not what they're expecting, that one dose is fatal.

Because Fentanyl is such a powerful opioid, it would need two doses of the heroin overdose antidote Narcan.

John Parker, United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas attended the conference, as well as Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell, Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens, DEA Dallas Assistant Special Agent in Charge Calvin Bond, HSI Lubbock Resident Agent in Charge Charles Cobb, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Reed and Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Commander Gary Albus.

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