Lubbock Drug Busts and The case of Timothy Cole

BUST #1  update: Grand Jury IndictmentsAggravated assault:  John P. Valdez, 27, 2314 15th St.
There was a drug bust today @ 2314-15th. St. Neighbors say the mother of two children was arrested along with three others. It was reported a large amount of what was thought to be drugs, perhaps pot, was removed from the house but was covered up with a blanket so as to hide the contents. Photos of hooded raid .   Police  returned this late afternoon to the house.  LPD has not released any information at the time of this story’s date line. 
  The government has had an on going investigation with aireal surveillance for months over Lubbock and it is believed this may be the mopping up stage of that on going program; which also may include the military.  For more about the on going drug war from Mexico.  
In the above link the DOD stated that Mexico as a failed state will require U.S. military intervention: also see in my blogs:  VACATION MEXICO.” ……………GANDALF 
  Lubbock Drug  Bust #2
Two men were arrested Wednesday after Lubbock Police discovered around nearly $58,000 in cash, a gun and drugs in the floorboard of the suspects’ car.
Robert Austin Artmann, 45, and Eddie Dean Ware, 59, both face multiple drug charges and illegal possession of a firearm charges after the items were found during a traffic stop in the 2600 block of Auburn Street, according to a police report.
The men were pulled over around 3:30 p.m. after they failed to yield at a stop sign, said police Lt. Neal Barron
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A traffic stop made on the streets of Lubbock back in January will cost someone almost $58000.  Dane Church, is doing business as Pronto Check Cashing, has come forward saying that the money was stolen.  Church claims it is “a portion of the money stolen from the Pronto Check Cashing services business and therefore his property.”
  Lubbock Drug Bust #3 
 Members of a drug trafficking ring that spans from South Texas to the panhandle are behind bars. Jimmy Cordova and Ambrosio Garcia Jr. are charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of cocaine. NewsChannel 11’s Julia Bruck reports. This comes after officers made a reverse sale at a Slaton Highway Hotel. “Normally the officers purchase narcotics, in these occurrences we sold narcotics to these individuals,” Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez said.
source kcbd
The Sheriff’s Office worked with DEA and other law enforcement agencies in Kingsville and Amarillo in what Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez called a reverse sting operation as part of a six-week investigation.  source: the Lubbock AJ

Mexico police chief stands down

The chief of police in Mexico’s most violent city, Ciudad Juarez, has stepped down amid ongoing threats.

  Heavily armed soldiers near the Texan border remove bodies 


Gun battles between suspected drug gang members and troops have left 21 dead in northern Mexico, police say.

The violence started when gunmen drove into Villa Ahumada, a farming town in Chihuahua state.

They dragged several people – including police officers – out of their homes and killed at least six.

Troops then arrived as the scene and 15 people, including one soldier, died in shootouts. Drug-related violence kills thousands every year in Mexico.

In a separate incident on Monday, armed men forced their way into a prison in the northern city of Torreon, and killed three inmates.

The dead men were being held for kidnapping and murder, and were transferred to the prison less than two hours before the incident.

The gunmen also released nine other inmates from the prison before they escaped.

Some 40,000 soldiers and police have been deployed since December 2006 against Mexico’s drug cartels.

Corrupt U.S. dealers arm Mexican drug cartels  … update:  US Corrupt  ATF Sells Guns to Drug Gangs see: MEXICO’S DRUGS WAR
** TO GO WITH STORY SLUGGED MEXICO ARMAS ** Tom Mangan, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, holds an AK-47 style rifle in the evidence locker at the local ATF offices Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 in Phoenix. The AK-47 rifle with folding stock is a favorite weapon with the Mexican drug cartel members because of its ease of use and ability to be hidden in jackets.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
7:00 p.m. ET, 1/27/09

Mexico man ‘dissolved 300 bodies’

A man arrested by Mexican police says he disposed of 300 bodies for a drugs gang over the past decade by dissolving them in chemicals. Over 700 people died in the US border city last year in an ongoing drugs war. The Mexican army says it believes Mr Meza’s claims are true. The 300 corpses were said to belong to murdered rivals of Mexican drug kingpin Teodoro Garcia Simental, who is battling for control over drug trafficking routes through Tijuana, after defecting from the powerful Arellano Felix cartel. Mexico’s drug violence has surged and grown more gruesome in recent years, particularly in the northern border cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

Also on Friday, two human heads were found inside coolers near police stations in the central Guanajuato state, officials said Drug-related violence claimed 5,700 lives across Mexico last year, more than double the number of victims in 2007.

 “This evil is the cost of prohibition in of itself, as history has always shown.”  Gandalf’s Staff

Can anyone tell me why the people involved in this case still have their jobs, still living off our tax dollars? Why have they not been fired but instead hold positions of power? Citizens of Lubbock, you need to wake up.
Timothy Cole returns to court
By Elliott Blackburn | Avalanche-Journal

Friday, February 06, 2009
Story last updated at 2/6/2009 – 1:28 am


Water is poured for Michelle Mallin during her testimony during a court hearing Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, in Austin, Texas. The hearing is being held in the case of Timothy Cole, who died in prison while serving 25 years for a rape that new DNA evidence shows he didn’t commit. Mallin, the former Texas Tech student who was victimized, has come forth publicly to help clear Cole’s name. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

AUSTIN – Lubbock police and prosecutors ignored clear warnings that they pursued the wrong suspect more than 20 years ago in a rape case that ultimately led to an innocent man’s death, attorneys seeking the convict’s exoneration told an Austin judge on Thursday.

The case of Timothy Cole, sentenced in 1986 to 25 years in prison by a Lubbock jury for a rape he did not commit, returned to court hundreds of miles from where it began. His family, and the woman who for decades believed Cole had raped her, testified in his defense to attorneys Jeff Blackburn and Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project as they described problems with Cole’s emergence as a suspect, supporting evidence and the county’s handling of his case after conviction.!BD838DD923C11AA0!1277!BD838DD923C11AA0!1130

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