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6 Arrested in Houston for Alleged involvement in running Pharmacy-Grade Narcotics Trafficking Ring

6 Arrested in Houston for Alleged involvement in  running Pharmacy-Grade Narcotics Trafficking Ring

Houston, TX: Federal authorities arrested six defendants from Houston for allegedly running a pharmacy-grade narcotics trafficking operation. Reportedly, the group operated a stash house selling narcotics such as oxycodone and hydrocodone in the city’s Fifth Ward.

Kerry Lewis Walker, 36, and Gerald Dewayne Williams, 65, were detained for managing the illegal enterprise, while Trey Demon Neal, 34, and James Glen Turk, 21, were arrested for assisting them. The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that they will be appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christina A. Bryan for their initial hearings.

Quineshia Evangeline Hollins, 33, is accused of being the key connection to the medications due to her ownership of First Choice Rx 245 drugstore. Hollins allegedly facilitated the distribution of drugs from her shop to the streets, playing a crucial role in the operation. Uzoanuuli Uzoaku WJ Payne, 52, a pharmacist at the same facility, is alleged to have transported banned medications from the firm without legitimate justification.

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Law enforcement has allegedly caught Payne in the act of transporting a new cargo of pharmaceuticals intended for lawful distribution but diverted from their intended path, resulting in multiple charges. Thousands of medicines from First Choice Rx 245 are gone without any record of prescriptions or proper documentation.

The arrests followed a joint operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, and IRS Criminal Investigation as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces program. The crackdown focuses on high-level criminal groups that pose a threat to the United States using a multi-agency, intelligence-driven strategy.

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Each member of the organization may receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a potential fine of $1,000,000 if convicted of conspiracy to distribute controlled narcotics.

Until proven guilty in a court of law, individuals should be considered innocent, as an indictment is merely an accusation and not a definitive proof of guilt.

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