Boone named in federal drug conspiracy indictment

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 21, 2018

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A Wichita Falls man arrested in September in Wise County has been charged in federal court as part of a drug conspiracy in North Texas.

Lawrence Martin Boone, 51, was one of 13 Wichita Falls-area residents charged in a one-count federal indictment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox announced last week.

According to the indictment, the conspiracy operated from March 2017 until around Jan. 10 of this year. In addition to the indictments, authorities seized seven handguns and more than $20,000.

At a news conference last Thursday, Cox said Boone was the kingpin of the drug ring – taking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin from Dallas back to the Wichita Falls area for distribution, according to a story in the Wichita Falls Times-Record News.

“These arrests are the results of a 14-month joint investigation with state, local and federal authorities,” Cox said in a written statement. “We have invested additional resources to fight the trafficking of dangerous drugs and violent crime in Wichita Falls, and we are now seeing the results of this increased presence.”

The Rhome Police Department, who arrested Boone following a chase on Sept. 9 of last year, assisted on the investigation along with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Wichita Falls Police Department, the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office and Iowa Park Police Department.

Rhome Officer Brody Brown attempted to stop Boone for speeding on U.S. 81/287 near the Texas 114 crossover in September when Boone sped northbound on U.S. 81/287. Rhome and Decatur police departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety joined in the pursuit. As Boone approached Decatur, DPS deployed spike strips near Farm Road 2264, taking out his vehicle’s right tires.

Boone’s vehicle came to a stop near Karl Klement Ford. He took off on foot but was apprehended by officers.

Officers later located drug evidence at various locations along the side of the road where Boone had thrown it out during the pursuit.

Boone was taken to the Wise County Jail, and he was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance greater than 4 grams, tamper/fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair, evading arrest/detention, evading arrest/detention with vehicle and resist arrest, search or transport. He also violated a parole order from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Austin.

Other people indicted on the conspiracy charge included the following:

  • Alicia Lane Murfield, 24, of Wichita Falls
  • Ashleh Dawn Bowen, 22, of Wichita Falls
  • Charles Cheatle, 43, of Wichita Falls
  • Allyssa Marie Curry, also known as “Allyssa Marie Rogers,” 29, of Wichita Falls
  • Alexis Leigh Deleon, 24, of Wichita Falls
  • Brandon Shane Eustice, 32, of Wichita Falls
  • Michael David House, 33, of Wichita Falls
  • Michael Steven Mello, 49, of Wichita Falls
  • Justin Brian Onstead, 23, of Wichita Falls
  • Jason Alan Smith, 44, of Abilene
  • Timothy Wayne Tatom, 55, of Wichita Falls

One unnamed suspect remained at large.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and up to a $1 million fine.

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