A federal grand jury in Midland indicted Jackie Lynn Thompson on one charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Wednesday.
Five other Odessa residents -- 36-year-old Jesse Ubaldo Rodriguez, 24-year-old Isai Ramirez, 45-year-old Jaime Yrvegas Castillo, 26-year-old Douglas James Lewis and 48-year-old Ernest Lee McCarty -- were also indicted on the same charges Wednesday.
Prosecutors say that the 6 accused traffickers conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine between January 2012 and January 2013.
Undercover agents reportedly purchased 14 to 15 ounces from Castillo in 3 separate purchases in October and November of 2012, and they later recovered $25,000 from the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Agents then reportedly got wiretaps on Castillo's phone, and they used that method to eavesdrop on calls between Thompson and Castillo.
Federal agents say that Thompson -- a former Ector County Sheriff's deputy and Odessa Police officer -- talked with Jaime Castillo about purchasing 5 to 10 pounds of meth over the phone.
Thompson, 38, also reportedly told law enforcement that he purchased at least 5 pounds of meth from Castillo.
Thompson reportedly also told law enforcement that he sold or gave away some of the drugs.
Thompson was arrested without incident by federal agents at a home near the intersection of West 24th Street and North Redondo Avenue on January 24th.
All 6 accused traffickers remained in federal custody on Wednesday.
All 6 defendants face anywhere from 10 years to life in federal prison if convicted.
A federal bond called Thompson a flight risk before denying him bond on January 30th.
This indictment resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Midland Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations (H.S.I.), and Texas Department of Public Safety in Midland.
United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph D. Arabit, El Paso Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mark Morgan, El Paso Division and Midland Police Chief Price Robinson teamed up to announce the drug indictments.