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13 Longview residents arrested in drug trafficking conspiracy

Released by The US Attorney's Office-Eastern District of Texas:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 13 Longview, Texas residents have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Gregg County area.

An 18-count sealed indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on May 11, 2011, charging 13 Longview, Texas residents with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.  Some defendants were also charged with multiple counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm or possessing a stolen firearm.

A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement officers began arresting those individuals on May 16, 2011.  Defendants in custody will make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie today.

Those named in the federal indictment are as follows:

            Defendant                             Age     Additional Firearms Charges 

            Spencer Garod Elam                        37        *         

            Derek Lamar Elam                           36        *         

            Darrell McGuail Washington          47        *         

            Jefferson Jonathan Taylor            28        *         

            Derek Monte London                       30        *         

            Demarcus Antwuan Talley             29                   

            Kelvin Earl Washington                  34        *                     

            Korri Dewayne Boyd                       33        *         

            Latasha Ann Washington              30                   

            Dwight Anthony McKinley             37        *                     

            Roderick G. Jackson                       23                               

            Lakendrick Carl Freeman              26                   

            Willie Thedric Andrews                   27        *                     

If convicted, the defendants each face up to 10 years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge and up to Life for the firearms violation.   Those charged with additional firearms violations face up to 10 years in federal prison.  The indictment also seeks forfeiture of cash, firearms, and ammunition.  

This case is being investigated by the DEA, the ATF, the Gregg County C.O.D.E. Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office and the Longview Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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