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The Nolan County Grand Jury handed down 17 indictments on Tuesday with 10 of those indictments sealed. Five of those indictments stemmed from a crack cocaine distribution house being busted in Sweetwater on Oct. 6, 2010.
Those indicted were Clifford Errol Worsham, Robert Larry Williams, Johnny Williams, Jimesha Kaye Smith and Shinice Fontellarene Black. All except Robert Williams were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a first degree felony and had their bond set at $15,000. Robert Williams had that charge enhanced with two prior convictions, which could get him a sentence of 25 years to life. His bond was set at $25,000.
Numerous law enforcement officers converged on a property in south Sweetwater on Oct. 6, 2010, and broke up a suspected crack cocaine distribution operation. The operation was the result of a joint investigation between Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office, 32nd Judicial District Attorneyâ€™s Office-Criminal Investigators, Abilene Police Department-Special Operations Division, Texas Department of Public Safety and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement â€śICEâ€ť â€“ a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The execution of the actual raid was a combined effort involving approximately 18 officers from the agencies represented above. The raid was carried out at a residence addressed as 1110 Runnels, at the intersection of E. Oklahoma and Runnels Streets in Sweetwater. This particular address had been well known to law enforcement as it had been raided in July of 2009 for the same type of activity.
A significant amount of suspected crack cocaine was seized along with a small quantity of marijuana, cash and other related items.
Also indicted on Tuesday was Speedy Rudolfo Zambrano, who was arrested on Aug. 22, 2010, when local authorities found large marijuana plant growing in his yard.
A joint-effort investigation between the Roscoe Police Department and the Nolan County Sheriff's Office, resulted in the arrest of then 19-year-old Zambrano. NCSO Criminal Investigator Tim Blount received information from a confidential source about the marijuana plant growing in the back yard at 302 Bois D'Arc in Roscoe. After the meeting, Blount and Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja performed surveillance and were able to get photos of the plant. Judge Gary Harger signed the search warrant the night before and members of the Nolan County Sheriff's Office and Roscoe Police Department executed it around 8:40 a.m., the morning of Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010.
Officers were able to recover the marijuana plant, which was over five feet in height, a small quantity of marijuana from inside the house and drug paraphernalia.
Zambrano has been charged with possession of marijuana, a state jail felony. His bond was set at $5,000.
Also indicted Tuesday was David Jamison Mosley for unlawful possession of a firearm, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $7,500.