Two at large in North Texas drug-ring...

Two at large in North Texas drug-ring bust

There are 50 comments on the McKinney Courier-Gazette story from Mar 5, 2007, titled Two at large in North Texas drug-ring bust. In it, McKinney Courier-Gazette reports that:

Federal officials are still searching for two suspects indicted in a Mexican drug-trafficking bust that resulted in 34 North Texas arrests last week, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of ...

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congrats Law-enforcement

United States

#1 Mar 9, 2007
Arrested 34 Mexican drug-trafficking ring. in custody:

From Allen: Russell Louis Hamner, 25, Christopher Dion Benetis, 32, Jason Anthony Meyer, 26.

From Caddo Mills: Reymundo Antunez Araujo, 29.

From Dallas: Salvador Yanez Ruiz, 44, Teodoro Antunes Ortuno, 32, Blanca Estella Cantu, 34, Maria Del Rasario Orosco, 25, Gustavo Antunez Orosco, 26, Toby Gonzales, 35, Cosme Rejinaldo Gonzalez, 33, Rosa Maria Gonzalez, 29, Lisa Marie Charbonneau, 24, Bruce Bryan Baxter, 48, Jesse Daniel Bakos, 26, Andy Taylor McCullough, 33, John Vincent McCormack, 31, and Frances Ory Cohen, 57.

From Frisco: Michael Patrick Finnegan, 25, Michael Allen Kamin, 21, David Noble Holt, 21, Michael Eugene Rice, 26 and Tristan Stewart Lebeau, 21.

From Grapevine: Gregory Alan Farrar, 31.

From McKinney: Adam Ray Watts.

From The Colony Katie Sue Cozby, 20 and Stephen Marcus Dueboay, Jr., 30.
Joyce

Lubbock, TX

#2 Mar 9, 2007
congrats Law-enforcement wrote:
Arrested 34 Mexican drug-trafficking ring. in custody:
From Allen: Russell Louis Hamner, 25, Christopher Dion Benetis, 32, Jason Anthony Meyer, 26.
From Caddo Mills: Reymundo Antunez Araujo, 29.
From Dallas: Salvador Yanez Ruiz, 44, Teodoro Antunes Ortuno, 32, Blanca Estella Cantu, 34, Maria Del Rasario Orosco, 25, Gustavo Antunez Orosco, 26, Toby Gonzales, 35, Cosme Rejinaldo Gonzalez, 33, Rosa Maria Gonzalez, 29, Lisa Marie Charbonneau, 24, Bruce Bryan Baxter, 48, Jesse Daniel Bakos, 26, Andy Taylor McCullough, 33, John Vincent McCormack, 31, and Frances Ory Cohen, 57.
From Frisco: Michael Patrick Finnegan, 25, Michael Allen Kamin, 21, David Noble Holt, 21, Michael Eugene Rice, 26 and Tristan Stewart Lebeau, 21.
From Grapevine: Gregory Alan Farrar, 31.
From McKinney: Adam Ray Watts.
From The Colony Katie Sue Cozby, 20 and Stephen Marcus Dueboay, Jr., 30.
If they will mosey on up towards the Wicita Falls area they find the "missing" dope slingers ,there was 8 busted in this small town of less than 8 thousand this past week ,then 5 more this week .All but two were white .I pray daily they will keep up the pressure and get even more each day.
congrats Law-enforcement

United States

#3 Mar 9, 2007
Yep, get them all. I don't care what their background is. Why would you bring it up? The article said Mexican Drug Trafficing ring. That is a FACT. Russell Hammer? Frances Cohen? Vincent MxCormack? Michael Patrick Finnegan? Michael allen Kamin? David Noble Holt? Gregory Alan Farrar? Adam Ray Watts? Katie Sue Cozby? Stephen Marcus Dueboay Jr?

Do you have a problem? That was one knee jerk reaction, without merit I might add.
john

Plano, TX

#4 Mar 19, 2007
i know a couple of these people. its funny. a drug ring? not the two people i knew. far from it. yet they were involved in using the drugs, they were in no way involved in a mexican cartel. a little humorous to me.
john

Plano, TX

#5 Mar 19, 2007
but congradulations to getting all those people off the streets. it will help at least a little
free adam watts

Lewisville, TX

#6 Jun 24, 2007
free adam watts and tristan lebeau. they werent involved in no mexican drug ring.
kate

Dallas, TX

#7 Aug 17, 2007
let em go!!
coop

AOL

#8 Aug 17, 2007
they were just helping the government in there conspiracy to support the u.s. like they can't stop it????? hahaha.
WHATEVER

Dallas, TX

#9 Oct 25, 2007
SO THE USA CAN'T STOP DRUGS? THINK ABOUT THIS; THERE IS NO WAY POSSIBLE FOR ENOUGH DRUGS TO CAME IN TO SUPPLY 50 STATES WITHOUT GOV. HELP AND OR APPROVAL. USE A LITTLE COMMON SENSE
Awayatwork

Frisco, TX

#10 Oct 28, 2007
"they werent involved in no mexican drug ring."

A double negative occurs when two forms of negation are used in the same sentence. In other words, you are stating that they were involved in a mexican drug ring. Too meny bongs hits, huh?
smithey

Rockford, IL

#11 May 3, 2008
Greg farrar is one of the most honest and kind people I have ever known. If they ever cough up with him they should pardon him!
kelsie

Lockhart, TX

#12 Jun 23, 2008
katie is my sister so mr..."john" from dallas who says " i dont care what there back ground is its a fact.." you have no clue what the hell you are talking about.. so I would shut my mouth if i were you. The law enforcement needs to get there stuff straight befor they lock people up..
kelsie

Lockhart, TX

#13 Jun 23, 2008
And who ever wrote congrats dalas law enforcent.. i have knee jerker for you.. your a stuck up idiot who just gets on the internet and adds your unneeded dumb ass comments.. so please next time go share your opinion on my space or something.. thanks..
john

Weatherford, TX

#14 Jul 8, 2008
kelsie wrote:
katie is my sister so mr..."john" from dallas who says " i dont care what there back ground is its a fact.." you have no clue what the hell you are talking about.. so I would shut my mouth if i were you. The law enforcement needs to get there stuff straight befor they lock people up..
hey im on your side... i just got out the other day after a year. i said they werent in no ring
Russ Hamner

Midlothian, TX

#15 Jul 17, 2008
john wrote:
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hey im on your side... i just got out the other day after a year. i said they werent in no ring
True, but you're ALSO the one who congratulated law enforcement for "getting all those people off the streets." I'm one of the defendants named in the indictment, and I'll have you know that I was NOT a drug dealer and in fact wasn't even using heroin at ALL anymore by the time the grand jury returned the indictment.

It's unfortunate that otherwise intelligent people automatically presume someone accused of a crime is guilty just because they read it in a press release. When heroin overdoses are in the news, the public demands blood. I call it the "Heroin Outrage Cycle," and it ebbs and flows like the tide. Seeing a chance to cash in some valuable PR, the Feds round up as many people as they can knowing that guilty or not, nobody accused of a drug crime in this district stands a chance at trial. It's sad, but drug addicts are a convenient target for law enforcement because they are at best misunderstood and at worst DESPISED by most people, so they know few people who could wind up on a jury will feel any sympathy towards them. The Feds get to look like heroes, and their bloated budgets are safe for another fiscal year.

Look, drug addiction is a DISEASE and addicts need treatment just like any other diseased person. That doesn't excuse addict behavior and shouldn't preclude someone from being prosecuted for a crime they committed no matter how helplessly under the thumb of a drug they may be. But, using the Federal conspiracy statute (21 USC 846) to convict and imprison those whose only crime was KNOWING a drug dealer is tyranny. Is that not the type of government action that the Founding Fathers fought to save America from?

Anyway, I suppose one's feelings on this subject are a matter of perspective. I'm understandably biased as I'm a victim of this travesty and now not only have to do 48 months in prison, but I can also never again vote, own a handgun, get an apartment or a decent job. Despite a college education, I'm more-or-less doomed to hourly wages for the rest of my life. How is THAT supposed to help keep me on the straight and narrow for the rest of my life? This whole debacle has immeasurably eroded my respect for the rule of law and the courts. If you know anyone who's ever been arrested for a Federal crime, then you already know just how much Federal defendants are denied due process. They expect you to plead guilty even though they won't (and don't have to) disclose exactly what it is that they have on you. Even testimony and statements from the most incredible witnesses, many of whom are paid informants who have never even met you, is presumed to be the gospel. Disgusting, really.

Also, to the person from Chicago who knows Greg Farrar - I was locked up with him for a few months in the Denton County Jail before I made bond and I can truly say that even after only a few months he is probably one of the best friends I've ever had. It's really sad that the Bureau of Prisons classified him as a "High Security Risk" and put him in the Tucson USP. His prior prison record from when he was 19 was a little spotty, so they decide that he needs to be kept in a cell for 23 hours a day. More tyranny, all at the expense of the American taxpayer.

Cheers!

Russ
warrior in iraq

Apo, AE

#16 Jul 30, 2008
You know the funny thing before I enlisted I did some questionable things but after being over here in Iraq and fighting for your freedom which you sister seems to take so lightly I would never repeat any of those things I am sorry your sister got busted but the fact of the matter is she was doing wrong and got caught. I mean that is the golden rule right dont get caught. Anyways with whatever she was buying that money in the end would have went to pay for guns and bombs over here so I say keep her locked up we need all the help we can get
kelsie wrote:
katie is my sister so mr..."john" from dallas who says " i dont care what there back ground is its a fact.." you have no clue what the hell you are talking about.. so I would shut my mouth if i were you. The law enforcement needs to get there stuff straight befor they lock people up..
williamgeorge

Chennai, India

#17 Aug 25, 2008
Officers from the state's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and LA IMPACT raided residences in West Covina, Moreno Valley and Lynwood on Monday, while Illinois authorities searched a home in the Chicago suburb of Dupage.
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williamgeorge
[url=http://www.drugaddiction. net/texas]Texas Drug Addiction[/url]
lac

United States

#18 Aug 25, 2008
I grew up with Chris Benetis. He ended up with 5 years in federal prison. He had many priors and slaps on the wrist. He is a perfect example of the judicial system doing their best to keep someone free. But some people never learn.
Russ Hamner

Barnesville, OH

#19 Aug 25, 2008
Iac, I'm not exactly sure how you can see being repeatedly sent to prison in lieu of probation as "slaps on the wrist," but I will agree with you that obviously Chris didn't get the message. However, 65 months in federal prison PLUS losing his truck and (I think) his house on Harrison St. in Allen was a case of MASSIVE judicial overkill. He wasn't a dealer, but once you get indicted for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, it's an uphill climb trying to convince the system that you were just a user. They tend to draw NO distinction between user and supplier in the federal system. Shame, really.

I never had a chance to ask him when I was locked up with him briefly after the bust, but has Chris ever been to rehab?

Heh, I'm gonna keep this thread alive for centuries. BOOYAH!
lac

United States

#20 Aug 25, 2008
Russ you are correct. We fell out of touch 5 years ago but we have many mutual friends. I knew he was in and out of jail for many things and I do know he received probation a few times as well. Are you sure about the house ? I'm not challenging you I am asking. Dam, that was his dad's home !

Part of me recalls him going to rehab within the last five years but I am unsure so that is all I can offer for that.

Russ do you by any chance know what ever happened to a guy by the name of Brian Swan? I grew up with him also and remember when he got out prison the first time. THEN a few months later there he was on the news, swept up again.

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