Drug Trafficking Ring Busted in the Basin

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

A drug trafficking ring stopped in its tracks.

They were busted in the Basin with plenty of pot and cocaine and we're not talking about a small amount either.

Five Odessa men are behind bars, charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana and cocaine.

Drug agents say it's an example of how prevalent illegal drug trafficking is in West Texas.

Police have arrested the following men over the past seven days: Jose Sotelo, Martin Gardea Jr, Daniel Acosta, Manuel Vejil and Abelardo Andeloza.

The FBI tells NewsWest 9, the men were caught red handed with hundreds of pounds of marijuana and 14 kilograms of coke.

"During multiple occasions we had surveillance on these individuals and negotiated with the undercover officers and accumulate the amount of narcotics we're talking about in this particular occasion, 3 individuals were attempting to gather narcotics and in the process were stopped and arrested by DPS in the Lubbock area," Matt Espenshade, with the Midland FBI, said.

The arrests started back on September 30th and ended on Tuesday.

DPS narcotics agents from Midland and Lubbock were all involved in the undercover sting.

Now the FBI is saying the four men were actual drug dealers and believe their route went from Odessa to the Plainview-Lubbock area.