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Authorities Make Arrests in Connection with Odessa-Based Methamphetamine Distribution Operation

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 05, 2014
  • Western District of Texas (210) 384-7100

Federal, state, and local authorities have arrested 29 individuals—24 who face federal and five who face state charges—in connection with an Odessa-based methamphetamine distribution operation, announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist. Authorities are still searching for nine defendants charged in connection with this methamphetamine distribution operation. A list of federal defendants is below.

On May 28, 2014, a federal grand jury in Midland returned 14 sealed indictments charging 22 of those arrested with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Seven of the indicted defendants—Fuller, Rendon, Harless, Crosson, Merritt, Powell, and Daniels—are also charged with one substantive count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Those indictments were unsealed earlier today. In addition, defendants Smith, Simes, and Tolbert, who were already in custody prior to today, were indicted by the federal grand jury prior to last month for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Authorities allege that under the direction of ringleader 41–year-old Shawn Allen Niece of Odessa, the defendants participated in a methamphetamine distribution scheme since September 2013 that included the supply of methamphetamine from San Diego, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and, Dallas, Texas, to Niece and others in Odessa for distribution throughout the Permian Basin.

In addition to the indicted defendants, authorities arrested six other individuals this morning—one charged by a federal criminal complaint for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; the other five were arrested based on state parole violations or outstanding warrants.

During this investigation, authorities seized over 11 pounds of methamphetamine, several firearms, over $62,000 in United States currency and other assets.

“Methamphetamine is a destructive poison that has horrific consequences to the quality of life in any community,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy. “Together with our local and federal law enforcement partners, DEA is holding meth traffickers accountable. We are seizing their profits, shutting down their distribution networks, and putting these dealers where they belong—behind bars.”

Upon conviction, the defendants face between 10 years and life in federal prison; between five and 40 years in federal prison; or up to 20 years in federal prison.

It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

This case resulted from a joint Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Marshals Service, together with the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Midland Police Department, Odessa Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney V. LaTawn Warsaw is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Defendants Arrested Today (16)

Name Age Residence Statutory Penalty
Jonathan Leelind Hensley (aka GG) 26 Las Vegas, Nevada 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Shawn Allen Niece 41 Odessa, Texas 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Shonda Tennille Crosson 37 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Christina Gayle Collier 26 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Jarrett Tate Fuller 34 Amarillo, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
Jason Mac Rendon 37 Amarillo, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
David Lane McGill (aka Doughboy) 31 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
Dustin Alan Richey 23 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
Sean David Luna 34 Odessa, Texas 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Gabriel Coca 22 Odessa, Texas 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Annette Jessica Brown 31 Odessa, Texas 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Manuel Urbina 35 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Cristopher Jedidiah Perdue 29 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Erica Marie Mitchell 33 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Brandy Leeann Zaliauskas (aka Brandy Leeann Carson) 39 Midland, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
** Charles Eugene Anderson, Jr. 30 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment


Already in Custody Prior to Today (Eight)

Name Age Residence Statutory Penalty
Michael James Brewer (aka Levi) 43 Odessa, Texas 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Phillip Ray Powell 24 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Joseph Ray Collier 33 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
Trey Matthew Lopez 23 Odessa, Texas 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Raymond Earl Mims 43 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
Clyde Smith, Jr. 54 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Walter Simes 31 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
Cheryl Tolbert 34 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison


Fugitives (Nine)

Name Age Age Statutory Penalty
***J. Weslee Dan Harless 36 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
***Joshua Lynn Merritt 32 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
***Angelee Danielle Daniels 32 Odessa, Texas From five to 40 years in prison
***Dylan James Holloway 22 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
***Kaycie Ray Lewis 27 Odessa, Texas Up to 20 years’ imprisonment
Omar Addimm Hensley 23 Las Vegas, Nevada 10 years’ to life imprisonment
James Louis Crutcher (aka Seven) 28 San Diego, California 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Abrea Ebony Ponce 20 San Diego, California 10 years’ to life imprisonment
Dionna Nadine Horton 23 San Diego, California 10 years’ to life imprisonment


** Charles Anderson was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

*** Defendants have since been apprehended and are no longer considered fugitives.

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