Odessa Police Says Majority of Homicides in 2014 Are Drug-Related

Odessa Police Says Majority of Homicides in 2014 Are Drug-Related

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A 16-year-old boy is the latest person to be arrested in connection with a murder last month at Floyd Gwin Park.

That case has something in common with nearly all of the other murders in Odessa this year.

Odessa Police said drugs are on the rise and it's an unsettling factor that sparked the Floyd Gwin murder and others this year.

"With the population increase, we've had an increase in money and there's a lot of money here right now and money attracts criminals unfortunately and with that comes crime including drugs," Cpl. Steve LeSueur said. "The majority of these homicides have all been connected to drugs."

Odessa Police have investigated five homicides so far this year.

LeSueur said the pattern of someone's life taking a backseat to drugs is getting out of hand.

"Just one, one is too many," he said.

The suspects in two of those drug-related homicides are still on the run.

Police believe Noe Garcia Galan and Ruben Hernandez fled to Mexico after they allegedly kidnapped, shot and killed 22-year-old Sean Lamb back in May.

"We're always looking for them," LeSueur said. "We know that at any moment they could resurface."

Investigators are also keeping a close eye out for Adolfo Renteria.

He's wanted on capital murder charges in the shooting death of 23-year-old Gabriel Castillo at Floyd Gwin Park.

Meanwhile, a juvenile is now behind bars for his role in that shooting.

The 16-year old was arrested Tuesday night and also charged with capital murder.

Time may be passing but police are sending a strong message to the fugitives and any accomplices.

"If anyone is harboring Mr. Renteria or harboring any fugitive, it is a crime," LeSueur said. "The longer they delay this, the worst they're making it for themselves."

If you have any information that leads to an arrest of these fugitives you're asked to call Odessa Crimestoppers at 432-333-TIPS.