Several people from Central Texas are accused of being involved in a meth ring since January of this year.
A news release from the Department of Justice said local, state and federal authorities said they arrested 15 people Thursday, including the alleged ring leaders Corey Jefferson, 39, of Temple, and Talmage Sedberry, 34, of Waco.
A federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Waco charges all 15 defendants with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.
Investigators said the defendants were involved in a scheme to distribute methamphetamine throughout Bell, Coryell, McLennan, and Limestone counties.
In addition to the ring leaders, investigators arrested Elgin Rayton Campbell, 30, Cesar Alfred Cazares-Rodriguez, 30, Leroy Wildman, 33, Juandell Laron McCorkle, 34, Martin Paul De-La-Rosa, 29, Billy Edward Sedberry, 35, Aaron Sedberry, 34, Marisela Garza, 31, Larry Darnell Branch, 43, James Edward Patterson, 30, Timothy Lama Jackson, 31, Karmon Patterson, 32, and Aphtan Daniella Ochoa, 27.
They are all from Waco except for McCorkle and Wildman, who are from Temple, and Campbell and Rodriguez, who are from Mexia and Dallas respectively.
Investigators said they are all still in federal custody pending detention hearings next week in Waco before United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske. They face prison time of five to 40 years if convicted on the meth charges.
Several agencies were involved in the investigation including the Temple, Killeen, and Mexia Police Departments, the FBI, the DEA, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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