Nineteen people indicted in suspected North Texas meth operation
Houston Chronicle, June 29, 2016
Nineteen people in North Texas have been indicted in an alleged drug distribution operation that police say involved methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin.
According to the Dallas Police Department, officers seized nearly 15 pounds of methamphetamine, 29 pounds of methamphetamine oil, 62 grams of marijuana and 2.5 grams of heroin.
Dallas police say each of the 19 people faces a federal charge of of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Of the 19, 16 of them also face federal charges of distribution of methamphetamine or possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Police say 12 firearms and $12,379 in cash was found along with the drugs.
Dallas police also seized 20 ml of gamma hydroxybutrate, a date-rape drug commonly known as GHB.
The operations happened in the Pleasant Grove, Seagoville and Balch Springs areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The group was arrested in a joint operation by Dallas police and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Dallas police did not disclose when the raids occurred.
Mesquite man Guadalupe Segovia, 43, and Dallas woman Tina Connolly, 55, each face one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to state Department of Public Safety Records, Connolly was arrested for possession of cocaine in 1990, prostitution in 1997 and illegally possessing prescription drugs in 2012. She's been arrested by Dallas County Sheriff's deputies and Mesquite police.
Many of the others have been arrested in the past for various crimes including burglary and forgery, according to state records.
If convicted, each person could face 10 years to life in prison for the conspiracy counts and a fine of up to $5 million. The maximum penalty for a federal charge of possession of methamphetamine or intent to distribute it is 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.
Segovia and Connolly could face up 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for being a felon in possession of a firearm.