More arrests have been made in connection to a methamphetamine distribution scheme operating in the Odessa area.

Justin Turner, 24, and Adonica Dutchover, 35, have been arrested bringing the total number of arrests to 24. 

ORIGINAL STORY: 

This morning, federal, state and local authorities arrested seven individuals for their role in a methamphetamine distribution scheme operating in the Odessa area. 

A federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges those seven, along with 15 other individuals who were previously arrested, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

“These defendants are accused of using family connections to establish a drug distribution ring that converted large quantities of liquid methamphetamine into crystal methamphetamine and sold it on the streets of Odessa,” stated United States Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr. “The cooperation between the federal and local law enforcement agencies effectively disrupted this organization,” he added. 

Between August 2015 and November 2015, the defendants, under the direction of brother Moises and Jose Ramirez, allegedly conspired to distribute meth in the Western and Northern District of Texas. On September 21, 2015, Ector County Sheriff’s deputies seized approximately 3.5 pounds of meth from Henry Andrade, Sr. and Monica Berumen Lopez following a traffic stop in Odessa. In November 2015, federal and local authorities executed four search warrants in Odessa and seized a total of 11 pounds of meth allegedly belonging to this organization. Ten pound of the seized meth was in the process of being converted from liquid into crystal form; the other pound was in crystal form. 

“Today we dismantled a dangerous drug trafficking organization that sold and distributed methamphetamine throughout the Midland-Odessa area. I am extremely proud of the work DEA and our partners have done in this investigation to help keep the Permian Basin safe,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy. 

All of the defendants charged in the federal grand jury indictment face between ten years and life in federal prison upon conviction.