Drug bust nabs suspects in East Texas heroin ring
by MAC OVERTON
Apr 14, 2013 | 3286 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gilmer Police along with Kilgore Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Kilgore Police STAR Unit, and Gregg County CODE Unit served nine federal warrants representing a total of 15 indictments on individuals early Tuesday morning.

The suspects were the targets of an illegal narcotic conspiracy investigation that has been ongoing for about nine months, said Gilmer Police Investigator Roxanne Warren and a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Police said that over the course of the investigation, undercover agents bought heroin from some of the suspects, who are believed to be part of a larger operation.

The suspects who were arrested on the federal indictments are all of Gilmer. One was already in custody in the Gregg County Jail in Longview on other charges. They include:

• William Avery “Preacher” Griffin, 56, indicted for one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, two counts of distribution of heroin and aiding and abetting, and one count of possession of intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting.

• Lindsey Noel Rawls, 23, indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting.

• Denise Stewart Driggers, 55, indicted for three counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin,

• Ruby Faye Cooper, 55, indicted for one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and three counts of distribution of heroin and aiding and abetting.

• Paul Allen Wiggington, 55, indicted for one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, four counts of distribution of heroin. (Name was spelled Wigington in the federal news release.)

• Lidia Gail Brooks Olivares, 32, indicted for one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting, one count of distribution of heroin and aiding and abetting.

• Jerry Milton Bryant, 58, indicted for one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and three counts of distribution of heroin and aiding and abetting.

(The federal news release from U.S. Attorney John M. Bales gave different ages for some of the suspects. They included: Griffin, 56; Mrs.. Driggers, 55; Ms. Olivares, 32; and Bryant, 58.)

During the service of these warrants, officers located firearms at the home of Lydia Brooks and Carlos Brooks. Therefore, Carlos Lopez Brooks, 45, was arrested and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Tampering with Identification Numbers.

They were arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Texarkana, and transferred to the Gregg County Jail in Longview.

Gilmer Police said more indictments have been issued for other suspects in this case. However, their names cannot be released until their indictments are unsealed, which will happen after their arrests.
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Roger Conley
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April 15, 2013
Good job!!! Love to read about dopers going to jail!!