The Moore County Grand Jury indicted 10 people recently, eight of them for drug-related crimes. They include:

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  • Brayden Adcock for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 more than 1 gram and less than 4 grams.
  • Gabriel Alvarado for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 more than four grams and less than 200 grams.
  • Nathaniel Barnd for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2 more than four grams less than 400 grams.
  • Gary Beaudion for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2 more than 400 grams.
  • Lolita Estrada for delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 more than 1 gram less than 4 grams.
  • Chelsea Jameson for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram.
  • Evan Livingston for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram.
  • Anna Martinez for prohibited substance/item in correctional facility.
  • Martin Mendoza for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more.
  • Hector Ornelas for evading arrest.

The criminal cases were filed in the District Clerk’s Office on June 4, and Dumas Police Chief Jim Nelson said the number of drug cases that will be prosecuted is an indication of law enforcement’s proactive approach to staying informed of drug trafficking and drug use in Moore County.

The district attorney’s office recently paid for two Dumas police officers to attend training in Tennessee.

“The training increases the officers’ knowledge what to look for when people are concealing drugs without profiling,” Nelson said. “It’s an example of how we continue to develop resources and utilize outside resources to do our job.”

According to the Texas Health & Safety Code Ann. § 481-115, penalties for Penalty Group 1 vary according to the amount possessed.

  • Less than 1 gram — a fine of up to $10,000, at least 180 days in jail (and up to two years in prison), or both.
  • One gram or more, but less than 4 grams — a fine of up to $10,000, at least two (and up to 10) years in prison, or both.
  • Four grams or more, but less than 200 grams — a fine of up to $10,000, at least two (and up to 20) years in prison, or both.
  • 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams — a fine of up to $100,000, at least five (and up to 99) years in prison, or both
  • 400 grams or more — a fine of up to $100,000, at least 10 (and up to 99) years in prison, or both.

The Texas Health & Safety Code Ann. § 481-116 lists penalties for Penalty Group 2 as:

  • Less than 1 gram — a fine of up to $10,000, at least 180 days in jail (and up to two years in prison), or both.
  • One gram or more, but less than 4 grams — a fine of up to $10,000, at least two (and up to ten) years in prison, or both.
  • Four grams or more, but less than 400 grams — a fine of up to $10,000, at least two (and up to 20) years in prison, or both.
  • 400 grams or more — a fine of up to $50,000, at least five (and up to 99) years in prison, or both.

Penalty Group 1 is comprised of the most dangerous drugs, which have a high probability of abuse and addiction and no recognized medical value, according to criminaldefenselawyer.com.