Suspects accused of cocaine trafficking make court appearance

Suspects accused of cocaine trafficking make court appearance

Four of the nine suspects investigators believe are involved in cocaine trafficking in two area towns spent the day in an Amarillo courtroom.

Nine men are suspected of being involved in cocaine distribution out of Dumas and Borger.

Of those, Carlos Gonzales, Sergio Ramirez, Jose Orozco and Cosme Chavez were in federal court Tuesday, only Orozco and Chavez actually had their hearings.

Judge Clinton Averitte says there was substantial evidence against the two that met probable cause, but because neither Orozco or Chavez have a prior criminal history and are U.S. citizens, the judge set conditions for the two to be released from jail.

Both are charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after an extensive FBI investigation in Dumas.

Judge Averitte set a 30-thousand dollars bond for both men, but says electronic monitoring first has to be set up at their homes before they can be released from the Randall County jail.

According to court records, another one of the suspects, Carlos Carrasco, is due in court next week.

Carlos Gonzales' hearing is set for Thursday and Sergio Ramirez' hearing has been moved to next Tuesday.