Nineteen arrested in Central Texas meth distribution investigation

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Local, state and federal authorities served arrest warrants on 19 people Thursday in connection with a Waco area methamphetamine distribution operation.

The 19 suspects are named in a federal grand jury indictment charging one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute methamphetamine that was unsealed Thursday.

They’re accused of distributing what authorities described as large amounts of methamphetamine throughout Waco and the surrounding area beginning in January 2017.

During the investigation, investigators seized about nine pounds of methamphetamine.

All of the suspects will remain in custody pending detention hearings next week.

Four of the 19, Justin Rene Hernandez, 31, of Dallas; Devito Dembinsky, 30, of Waco; Decedreon Miller, 38, of Waco, and Jesus Juan Lopez, 41 of Waco, were already in custody when they were served with the arrest warrants Thursday.

The other 15 were taken in to custody Thursday.

They include Rene Marquez Lopez, 42, of Waco; Peter Nino, 34, of Waco; Brandon Roy Stout, 34, of Waco; Lloyd Ray Gatlin, 44, of Waco; Cruz Oviedo, 26 of Austin; Kyle Anthony Baker, 33, of Waco; Juli Jenice Aleman, also known as Juli Jenice Garcia, 41, of Waco; Benito Rodriguez, 37, of Waco; Ricky Rivera, 43, of Waco; Juan Rivera, 39, of Waco; Shauna Gilstrap, 39, of Waco; James Leroy McMillion, 54, of Waco; Brent May, 55, of Whitney; Sandra Oviedo, also known as Sandra Cardenas, 25, of Austin, and Nicholas Charles Caufield, 43, of Waco.