KILLEEN (May 21, 2013)--One of eight people arrested last week in Killeen during a drug sting made an initial appearance Tuesday in federal magistrate's court in Waco and was ordered detained.
Federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Walter Chambers remanded to the custody of a federal detention facility after Chambers waived his detention hearing on Tuesday.
Local attorney Robert Stem has been appointed to represent Chambers in any further court appearances.
Chambers was arrested last week along with Cornelius Tywarren Wilson, 31, Christopher Andrew Wilson, 29 Jamel Azar Singleton, 38, and Jason Eugene Jackson, 30, Bryant Keith Presley, 28, and Katrie Deshone Simpson, 30, and Michael Anthony Mango, 38 after federal and local officers identified the group as participating in a local ring to buy and sell cocaine and other drugs in and around Killeen.
The seven were arrested without incident along with Chambers, 26, who was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, stemming from the execution of a search warrant at an apartment in Killeen during which authorities seized cocaine, crack cocaine and a handgun.
All eight were scheduled to make initial appearances in Manske's court Tuesday but the other seven were set off to a later date, a court clerk said Tuesday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Killeen Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the arrests.
A federal complaint naming Chambers says at about 6 a.m. on May 16, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at an apartment located on Hallmark Avenue in Killeen.
During the search officers located approximately 738 grams of powder cocaine, approximately 22 grams of "crack" cocaine, and a handgun.