Lubbock's war on drugs lands a handful of people behind bars. Law enforcement described some of group as known gang members, including a Texas leader of the Almighty Latin King Nation street gang. Authorities seized firearms, ammunition and cocaine in the bust.
Jose Nava, Reynaldo Nava and Carol Ann Rivas are in the Lubbock County Jail. Marie Chavez is also behind bars in Lubbock. All four are charged with conspiring to sell cocaine.
Authorities also arrested Luis Ojeda Junior this weekend. In a federal incident that was just recently unsealed, Ojeda was charged as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He is also in the Lubbock County Jail.
Tuesday's arrests come after a more than year-long operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, an investigation which spanned from Lubbock to San Antonio. Arrested within hours of each other, Reynaldo Nava, Jose Nava, Luis Ojeda Junior, Carol Ann Rivas and Marie Chavez stood before a US Magistrate judge Monday afternoon to hear their charges.
The charges link back to a house in the 1900 block of 46th Street where the DEA says Jose Nava currently lives. According to court documents, Nava is a Texas leader of the violent street gang known as the Almighty Latin King Nation, or ALKN.
According to the DEA, the gang is known to traffic guns, drugs and commit violent crimes throughout Texas and Chicago. One of those crimes includes a drive-by shooting in Big Spring back in May. Court documents allege Jose and other ALKN members shot six people. Three died including a pregnant female and her unborn child.
The affidavit goes on to allege shortly thereafter ALKN members left Big Spring. Just four months later, authorities located Jose Nava along with other gang members in the Lubbock. Court documents show Jose along with other ALKN members brought hundreds of kilos of cocaine from Mexico to be sold in Midland and Lubbock. It goes on to allege Jose's wife, Marie Chavez, Jose's brother Reynaldo and Reynaldo's wife, Carol Ann Rivas, all helped move the drugs from Mexico to West Texas streets.
Authorities also searched a home in the 2800 block of 53rd Street this weekend. While executing an arrest warrant for Luis Ojeda Junior, officers found firearms, nearly 200 rounds of ammunition and ALKN gang paraphernalia.
All five suspects are expected to back in court for a detention hearing Wednesday afternoon.
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