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U.S. grand jury indicts local defendants

A United States grand jury indicted three people Wednesday on offenses that stemmed from DPS search warrants in Levelland and an arrest by the Levelland Police Department.

Barizilay Perez-Silva, 28, was indicted Wednesday. He is currently being held at the Hockley County Jail on an immigration detainer.

Perez-Silva is a deported felon from Mexico.

Perez-Silva was indicted for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, illegal alien in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in futherance of a drug trafficking crime, and illegal re-entry after deportation.

According to indictments, Perez-Silva was previously deported in May 2017.

Dolores Molina Clevenger, 50, of Levelland was indicted for convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment stems from a search warrant, executed by DPS, in the 1000 block of West Avenue on November 9, 2018. She was arrested Thursday and went before U.S. Magistrate D. Gordon Bryant. She will be remanded until trial, which is set for August.

Martin Orosco Gaona was indicted for convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested Thursday after turning himself into the Hockley County Sheriff’s Department.He will be remanded until his trial in August.

Gaona’s indictment stems from a search warrant executed by DPS at a residence in the 800 block of Avenue D on September 13, 2018.

Additionally, two local men were sentenced to federal time following convictions through the U.S. Northern District of Texas.

Richard Lebario pled guilty to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in April.

He was sentenced to 37 months for possession with the intent to distribute meth, and 60 months for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, for a total of 97 months in a federal prison.

Lebario is a confirmed member of the West Texas Tango Blast and was arrested as the result of a search warrant in February 2018. DPS ran the search warrant in the 900 block of 4th Street and recovered two stolen firearms and 16 grams of methamphetamine.

Javier Baeza Franco was convicted for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. He was sentenced to 60 months in a federal prison.

Franco was arrested as the result of a DPS search warrant in the 300 block of Texas Avenue in April 2018. He was found in possession of a 12-gauge tactical shotgun and four grams of methamphetamine, according to reports.

Read the full story in the weekend edition of the News-Press

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