Around 7:00 am this morning, a combined task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies began arresting individuals charged with involvement in a drug trafficking criminal enterprise in the Gregg County, Texas, area. Agents and officers began executing 29 federal arrest warrants and 27 State arrest warrants.
According to court documents, an investigation of two violent street gangs, the Davis Street Gang and the 12th Street Crips, and their associates, began in January 2006. These gangs are believed to be responsible for distribution of significant quantities of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana, and commission of various firearms violations, including possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of firearms in relation to drug-trafficking offenses.
Court documents suggest that these gangs are responsible for a large percentage of the crack cocaine and marijuana being transported and sold in the Gregg County, Texas, area. Each gang is alleged to have maintained drug houses in which crack cocaine, marijuana, promethazine, pills, and firearms were continually being sold. It is alleged that these drug houses were supplied and protected by the gangs. The investigation has uncovered evidence indicating that each of the houses is responsible for the distribution of a large quantity of crack cocaine.
On May 13, 2008, a federal grand jury returned an 87-count Superseding Indictment charging the 29 people with multiple counts of federal drug and firearms violations. The Superseding Indictment resulted from a lengthy investigation launched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County C.O.D.E. Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department.
Special Agent In Charge Robert E. Casey Jr., FBI, stated, "This investigation is just one example of the numerous joint investigations worked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and local law enforcement, such as the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Kilgore Police Department, and the Gregg County District Attorney's Office. The FBI, along with our Federal and local law enforcement partners, are committed to vigorously pursuing the drug and violent crime problem within our communities."
Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Golson, Sr., ATF, stated, "This investigation is evidence of how ATF works with our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime and criminal gangs in East Texas. We will continue to target dangerous individuals that terrorize neighborhoods and subsequently affect the quality of life in those areas."
Carl Dorrough, Gregg County Criminal District Attorney, stated, "As a community, we are indebted to the men and women of law enforcement, local, state, and federal, who spent countless hours and resources in this investigation. Their efforts, culminating in today's arrests, display the level of success that can be achieved when all levels of law enforcement work together cooperatively. Today's arrests and the coming prosecutions do not simply concern illegal drugs. These two organizations have been and would continue to be, absent this investigation, deeply involved in activities that endanger the lives of our citizens."
"This operation has been a cooperative effort between all the agencies involved. The arrest of these defendants should send a message to anyone who would choose to participate in this type of illegal activity that law enforcement will combine resources to stop it," said Chief J. B. McCaleb of the Longview Police Department.
"This is the result of a combination of law enforcement efforts set forth to dismantle a violent organized criminal organization," Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said today. "We are hopeful that the arrest of these defendants will reduce the amount of violent crime, drug trafficking and the unlawful use of firearms in Gregg and surrounding counties," Sheriff Cerliano said.
If convicted, the defendants face up to life in prison and fines of more than $4 million. It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of either innocence or guilt.
The defendants in custody will have an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie in Tyler, Texas.
Those named in the indictment are Quincy L. Head, aka Q45, 27, Longview; William Earl Johnson Jr., aka Truck, 31, Longview; Marchello Dornell Miller, aka Chello, 27, Longview; Dajamuel Jamuel Dione Floyd, aka Jamie and/or Red, 30, Longview; Rodrick Dewayne Taylor, aka Playboy, 35, Dallas; James Darrell Lister Jr., aka Wee Wee, 26, Longview; Larry Donell George, aka LG and/or G, 25, Longview; Bronson Benard Bell, aka Lil B, 24, Longview; Chester Wayne Davis, 33, Longview; Wendallen Cardarius Adams, aka Pooh, 19, Longview; Tony Wayne Jamerson, aka Tony Jacobs, 22, Longview; Ricky Nelson Miles Jr., aka Ricky Tick and/or Tick, 24, Longview; Juan Daniell Ingram, aka 1G, 31, Longview; Leonardo Davinci Alford, aka Leo, 29, Longview; Larry Norris Canada, 24, Longview; Cory Tederrell Dawkins, aka Clacky Ray, 31, Longview; Howard Wayne Stinson, aka Big Wayne, 35, Longview; Albert Lee Scott Jr., aka Chi Ali, 32, Longview; Carlo Demond Stoker-Young, aka Little Joe, 29, Longview; Arthus James Woods, aka AWAL, 30, Longview; Kevin Lynn Canada, 28, Longview; Marcus Dewayne Faggans, 24, Longview; Steven Lemond Darden, aka Little Stevie, 31, Longview; Cameron Sims, aka Big Boy, 29, Longview; Joe Frank Gonerway, 47, Longview; Emmanuel Larmark Buchanan, aka Fat Man, 32, Longview; Clifton Earl Robinson, aka Mister C, 33, Longview; Ivory Jackson, aka "Nutty" Jackson, 28, Longview; Steven Duane Glover, 23, Longview.