BEAUMONT, Texas – Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies fanned out across Houston and surrounding cities Wednesday to bust several suspects in a nationwide drug ring.
Fifteen people were indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The suspects are accused of selling the drugs in Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Tennessee from 1995 through 2010.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of $40 million; 11 pieces of real estate property in Houston, Spring, Conroe and Richmond, Texas; and several vehicles.
During one bust in northeast Harris County Wednesday, police arrested the homeowner and seized a long list of property from the home, including a Mercedes, a Hummer, two 18-wheelers, a truck with a trailer, several flat-screen TVs and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The defendants are:
• Terence Cornelius Young, aka “T,” Humble, TX
• Edward Longoria, aka “Marlo,” Spring, TX
• Lorenzo Mota Espinosa, aka “Primo,” “Daniel,” “Brother-in-law,” “Traffic,” or “El-Travieso,” Spring, TX
• Mindy Kay McGilvrey, Spring, TX
• Alvaro Teodoro Soto, aka “Puma” or “Old Man,” Spring, TX
• Gilbert Galindo, Houston
• Gabriel Jaime Leal, Jr., Houston
• Warren Randle, aka “West,” “W,” “J Dub,” or “J Dov,” Houston
• Frank Young, aka “Noonie,” Houston
• Lawrence Ballard, aka”Beaver,” Richmond, TX
• Marco Antonio Villareal, “Rojo” or “Red,” Conroe, TX
• Jonathan Williams, aka “Kilo,” Jackson, MS
• Frederick Franklin, aka “Diddy,” Jackson, MS
• Xavier Gray, aka “X,” Nashville, TN
• Leon Woodard, aka “Za,” of Upper Darby, PA
If convicted, the defendants face 10 years to life in federal prison for the cocaine charge; five to 40 years for the marijuana charge; and up to 20 years for the money laundering charge.
This case is being investigated by the DEA, Texas DPS, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Pasadena Police Department, La Porte Police Department, Beaumont Police Department, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Texas National Guard, National Drug Intelligence Center Document and Media Exploitation Team, Rosenberg Police Department, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They worked with federal agents in Philadelphia, Jackson, MS, and Hermosillo, Mexico.