Interstate 40 brings many tourists and travelers passing through our quaint city. That same highway brings a plethora of drugs and illegal activity through it as well. The Drug Enforcement Agency held a raid that rounded up 11 alleged drug traffickers who have been arrested and charged in Amarillo, announced U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

During the raid, officials seized more than 25 guns, drugs and cash.

The majority of the defendants made their first plea Wednesday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lee Ann Reno.

Those charged in the 14-count indictment include:

Christopher David Bell: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine

Randall Emery Bull: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine

Summer Nichole Wilcox: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

Arizona Michelle Wood: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a communications facility

Ruben Gomez-Bastida: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine

Sergio Segovia: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine

Jimmy Pancheco: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Julia Annette Machado: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine

Katreyna Ann Betancourt: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine

Brenda Joynce Monroe: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of methamphetamine

Billy Loy Holliday: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

“Combatting the scourge of illegal drug trafficking is one of the Justice Department’s top priorities,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “We are proud to have collaborated with so many law enforcement agencies to disrupt the flow of meth and cocaine and to take so many high-level dealers off the streets of Amarillo.”

“Tuesday’s city-wide, cooperative law enforcement efforts to disrupt the methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking in our city were a tremendous success,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Division Eduardo A. Chávez. “The Yellow Rose of Texas is safer today as we bring justice to those drug traffickers who want to poison our communities and profit from those who struggle with addiction. DEA Amarillo’s efforts will never waver as we seek to protect the neighborhoods we call home.”

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Law enforcement involved:

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco

Firearms & Explosives

Potter County Sheriff’s Office

Randall County Sheriff’s Office

Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office

Texas Department of Public Safety

Amarillo Police Department

Potter and Randall County District Attorney’s Offices

Texas Anti-Gang Unit

United States Marshal’s Service

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