Grand jury indicts 18 from undercover drug sting

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Eighteen people arrested in July during “Operation Havana Speed” were indicted Thursday on drug charges.

Authorities said the 1 1/2-year-long investigation into “lab-quality” crystal methamphetamine being brought into the area

netted more than 20 arrests.

Many of those arrested were from the Starks/Vinton area and had ties to horse racing, authorities said.

Lazaro Perez Cribeiro, 50, alleged to be one of the group’s ringleaders, was indicted on seven counts of meth distribution.

The other 17 people were indicted on attempted meth distribution charges.

Sergio Reyes Castillo, 47, was indicted on 80 counts of attempted distribution and Mario Barraza Corral, 38, was indicted

on four counts of attempted distribution. Authorities said both were also leaders of the group.

Omar Barraza Corral, 29, was indicted on 33 counts.

Also indicted were Raul Perez Mendoza,

23 (four counts); Anireal Chavira, 41 (one count); Jessica Clark, 39 (14

counts); Billy

Washington Hyatt, 43 (14 counts); Jace Allen Berwick, 39, (eight

counts); Jarrod James Hargrave, 33 (one count); Jessica Nicole

Bogard, 36 (one count); Steven Thomas Mitchell, 40 (six counts);

Rodney Viator, 48 (one count); Alvin Smith III, 24 (eight

counts); James Celestine II, 32 (two counts); Theodore Randall

Corner, 57 (two counts); Phyllis Marie Breaux Shelton, 53 (one

count); and Jenee Lynn Hargrave, 27 (one count).

The charges relate to incidents in March, April, June and July, according to the indictment.

Some of those arrested during the sting have not yet been indicted.