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September 4, 2009


Law enforcement round up 23 people on drug charges involving meth, cocaine and pot

PALO PINTO – Bond was set Thursday afternoon for 23 people arrested and accused of drug trafficking charges after a Mineral Wells area drug ring roundup Thursday morning by the City-County Narcotics Unit, the Mineral Wells Police Department, the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Service and Constable Gary Morris.

Thirteen received a first-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity for allegedly conspiring to deliver 400 grams of methamphetamine or more. If convicted they could receive up 15 years to a life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Nine others were charged with lesser felonies involving delivery of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs.

All but two were Mineral Wells residents, according to jail records, and six were already in county jail on previous charges.

Bail was set at $200,000 for Edgar Ivan Cruz, 22, of Fort Worth, who is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, after District Attorney Mike Burns told District Judge Jerry Ray that a reliable informant told the state that Cruz had plans to flee when he was released on bond.

Others charged with engaging in organized criminal activity include:

• Jack Monroe Baker Jr, 30 of Mineral Wells.

• Rebecca Alcorn, 45, of Mineral Wells.

• Darwin Lee Glover Jr., 26, of Mineral Wells.

• Jennifer Masias, 23, of Mineral Wells.

• Jennifer Valley, 29, of Mineral Wells.

• Tiffany Valley, 26, of Mineral Wells.

• Christopher Lloyd Glover, 24, of Pilot Point.

• Natosha Jackson, 19, of Mineral Wells.

• Jamie Lee Tincher, also known as Jamie Norton, 21, of Mineral Wells.

• Edward Franklin Lotz, 23, of Mineral Wells.

• Karen Collen Lotz, also known as Karen Lakes, 29, of Mineral Wells.

• William Andrews Jr., 28, of Mineral Wells.

Bonds for the rest of those charged with engaging in criminal activity was set at $40,000 each.

Bonds, ranging from $7,500 to $15,000, were also set for the following people:

• John Ragan Barnes, 45, of Mineral Wells, for delivery of methamphetamine, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams, a second-degree felony punishable by two years to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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