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Federal indictments impact Hockley County

Ten people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for a cocaine and crack cocaine distribution conspiracy that affects Hockley County and other counties.

A grand jury indictment for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District was unsealed Friday.

The 24-count indictment charges each defendant with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Most of the defendants, who are from the Lubbock area, were arrested last week in a joint operation led by the Texas Department of Public Safety. They were assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and other agencies including district attorney offices in Hockley, Lamb and Lubbock counties.

One of them, 40-year-old Dianne M. Winn of Lubbock, is considered a key player in the trafficking of crack cocaine in Levelland, said Hockley County District Attorney Christopher Dennis.

She was also charged with one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

She was arrested Wednesday in Dallas by U.S. marshals.

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