According to District Attorney John Wampler local area law enforcement officers from several agencies conducted an early morning operation to arrest 19 individuals suspected of various illegal narcotics violations. As a result of the coordinated effort, seven people are in custody. Officers continue to look for 12 other defendants.
The arrests were the culmination of several months of undercover narcotics investigations conducted by the District Three DA Drug Task Force in the five-county area of District Three. The arrest warrants being served were the result of charges filed in the District Courts of Jackson, Greer and Harmon counties for the illegal distribution, possession and trafficking in several controlled substances, including meth, cocaine, heroin and oxycodone.
According to Wampler, agencies assisting with the round-up included Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Altus Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff, Harmon County Sheriff, Greer County Sheriff and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Those arrested on Jackson County charges or already in custody include: Tyson R. Davis, distribution of CDS; Jamario Deshawn Williams, distribution of CDS; Heather Patton, distribution of CDS within 2,000 feet of a school; Melinda Brown, Possession of CDS; and Demontrae Curtis, possession of paraphernalia; on Greer County charges, Francisca Villa, drug trafficking and bringing contraband into a penal institution; and on Harmon County charges, Raymundo Solis, possession of CDS.
Individuals still being sought by law enforcement on Jackson County charges include: Jauston Maurice Sanders, distribution of CDS within 2000 feet of a school; Ashley Jordan McKenzie, possession of CDS; Jonathan Edward Sims, distribution of CDS; Kaylor Harrison McIntyre, distribution of CDS within 2000 feet of a school; Melisha Ann Torres, distribution of CDS; Nicholas Pantoja, distribution of CDS; Joann Luna, possession of CDS with intent to distribute; Stacy Illene O’Steen, distribution of CDS and maintaining a place to keep/sell CDS; and Carlos E. Jaime, Jr., distribution of CDS. Still being sought on Greer County charges is Jesus Calvillo, drug trafficking and possession of contraband by an inmate; and those on Harmon County charges are Amador Mario Pena, possession of CDS, and Amanda Mable Babers, distribution of CDS. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of any of these individuals is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency.
District Attorney Wampler said, “These charges and the resulting arrests are a continuation of my commitment to hit drug dealers hard and bring them to justice. I appreciate the cooperation and combined effort by all the law enforcement agencies involved in this operation. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect you and I and they do not get nearly the credit and praise that they deserve.”
The District Three Drug Task Force, now in its 23rd year of operation, is funded as part of the Byrne/JAG Federal Grant program.