DEA arrests local man
Enrique Lombrana Gamez, Sr. 61, of Sweetwater, was arrested on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The federal charge stated that Gamez and others, "aiding and abetting one another, knowingly possessed with intent to distribute 549.45 pounds (249.75 Kilograms) of marijuana, a Schedule I substance.” According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the state of Texas is estimated to have an annual harvest of over 69,000 lbs of marijuana. This harvest is estimated to sell at retail value for between $343 million dollars and $549 million dollars. Marijuana-related arrests in the state of Texas accounted for nearly 5% of all arrests within the state during the year of 2002. This percentage includes 49,839 arrests for the possession of marijuana and 1,804 arrests for the sale of marijuana.Penalties for marijuana use or possession in Texas vary on the weight of marijuana confiscated. For possession of marijuana in the amount of 50-2,000 pounds, one could be charged with a second degree felony, punishable by incarceration for a period of 2-10 years and a fine of $10,000. For the sale of marijuana in the amount of 50-2,000 pounds, one could be charged with a first degree felony, punishable by incarceration for a period of 5-99 years and a fine of $10,000.According to Nolan County Sheriff David Warren, this investigation is ongoing.