A coordinated effort among federal, state and local officials has led to the federal indictment of eight individuals for trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Special Agent in Charge Robert W. Elder of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Walker County Sheriff Clint R. McRae and Huntsville Police Department Chief Kevin Lunsford.
“The arrests made this week in Huntsville and in the surrounding Walker County communities demonstrate the value of information sharing and interagency collaboration,” said Arabit. “Law enforcement at the local and federal levels will continue to join together to disrupt and remove key command and control elements of criminal drug trafficking organizations responsible for the distribution of narcotics into our communities.”
“These arrests in Houston and the surrounding areas exemplifies the success that can be achieved when federal, state and local agencies combine resources to eliminate suspected serious firearms and narcotics offenders from the streets,” said Elder. “These results highlight the use of ATF’s Frontline Model, which seeks to direct limited resources towards positive impacts on crime.”
Eight people, including an officer with the Houston Police Department, were charged in a seven-count indictment returned under seal Dec. 4, 2014. They are all charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. The indictment was unsealed in its entirety today as some made appearances in federal court in Houston.
Those charged include Derryck Collins, 38, David Choate, 51, Michael Kelly, 22, and Roddrick Collins, 29, all from Huntsville, as well as Jarvis Lovelady, 33, Carlos Montemayor, 39, Javier Aguirre, 38, and Jasmine Bonner, 26, all of Houston. Bonner is a three-year veteran of the Houston Police Department.
All but Lovelady have been taken into custody and have made their initial appearances in recent days before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy. Some will be back in federal court for their detention hearings Dec. 16, 2014, at 02:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy.
Lovelady is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact authorities as follows:
DEA at 713-693-3000
Huntsville Police Department at 936-291-5480
Walker County Sheriff’s Office at 936-435-2400