4 West Texas gang members and affiliates sentenced to federal prison for roles in cocaine distribution operation
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.
Dequan Deshawn Willard, 22, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 168 months in federal prison. Willard pleaded guilty in December 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Brothers, William Emmanuel Spence, 27, Jasmine Jamal Spence, 28, and Antonio Deon Ray Montgomery, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. Judge Cummings sentenced William Spence to 188 months in federal prison, Jasmine Spence was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and Montgomery was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.
All four defendants have been in custody since their arrests in October 2016.
According to documents filed in the case, the defendants are either confirmed or suspected members of the Crips criminal street gang in Lubbock.
As part of a joint investigation by HSI and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence on East 1st Place Street in Lubbock on June 16, 2016, where officers had made a controlled purchase from co-defendant Dequan Willard a few days earlier. Willard was present during the search in which officers recovered about 40 grams of cocaine base.
In September 2016, officers conducted several controlled purchases of cocaine base from Jasmine and William Spence. On Oct. 4, 2016, officers executed search warrants at four residences in Lubbock related to this investigation.
Antonio Montgomery was arrested at a residence on East Cornell where officers recovered about 110 grams of cocaine base. Montgomery advised the residence belonged to William Spence. Officers also found items associated with the production and sale of cocaine base as well as a loaded firearm.
William Spence was located at a residence on 40th Street. He had $1,379 in cash on his person and $15,020 in cash in a shoe box in the garage. Officers also located a case matching the firearm found at the East Cornell location.
Officers also searched a location on Knoxville Street in Lubbock known to be the residence of Dequan Willard and William Spence. Dequan Willard was arrested at the residence and a loaded firearm was located in the bed where he had been sleeping.
In a shoe box with the name “Tucc” — Willard’s street name — written on the side, officers found about 427 grams of cocaine. Officers also found another bag in the residence that contained 427 grams of cocaine and also located $8,900 cash in William Spence’s bedroom.
Inside a red pickup truck parked at the residence, officers recovered an additional 84 grams of cocaine; Willard had been observed driving this pickup and his mail was found in the truck.
Officers also located an additional 997 grams of cocaine in a Chevrolet Impala at the residence. Inside the vehicle, officers located documents belonging to William Spence and photos depicting both William and Jasmine Spence.
Jasmine Spence was arrested at a residence on 69th Street, where officers located about 40 grams of cocaine base in a kitchen drawer and an additional eight grams of cocaine base in sock in Jasmine Spence’s bedroom. Officers also discovered $7,410 in cash in the residence as well as a loaded handgun.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Long, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted these cases.