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PANAMA CITY — More than a dozen people are named in a federal indictment that alleges a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

The 12-page indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, charges 15 people with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Several members of the alleged conspiracy also are charged with other crimes, including selling meth, unlawfully transporting firearms and re-entering the country after being deported.

A 42-page affidavit filed by Special Agent Michael Clear with the Drug Enforcement Administration details a lengthy investigation that relied on confidential informants, wiretaps, ground and aerial surveillance, and GPS tracking.

According to the affidavit, Lee Parker Bussey was acting as a local distributor for a drug organization operated out of South Carolina and Georgia and controlled by Jesus Cadenas-Baez, who supplied quantities of meth to Rufino Robelo-Galo.

Couriers working for Robelo-Galo in Atlanta delivered 1 to 2 pounds of meth each week for about 18 months to Bussey in Marianna, according to a confidential informant familiar with Bussey’s organization. Frank Eben Gullett Jr., Jack Allen Kelly and Mary Ann Brewer are charged with distributing meth for Bussey.

Law enforcement stopped Robelo-Galo in Phenix City, Ala., on May 15 and pulled $60,000 cash from a concealed compartment in the wheel well of the Nissan Altima he was driving, investigators reported. Less than a week later, he was arrested when agents raided a suspected stash house on a warrant and found 6 pounds of meth, several ounces of marijuana and about $30,000 in secret compartments in two vehicles located at the property, according to federal authorities.

Robelo-Galo and Nestor Jose Hernandez-Estrada, whom investigators said they believe has been a courier for the ring, were arrested during the raid on the stash house. Bussey, Gullett, Kelly, Brewer, Cora Rebecca Stone, Rowdy Dewayne Gilbert, Christopher Gullett and Bobby Jene Kent were all arrested on warrants shortly thereafter.

Also named in the indictment are Soul Barragon, Ricardo Heredia Barron, Octavio Gonzalez-Flores and Juan Jose Cadenas-Baez.

Twelve of the defendants are currently in custody and will be arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

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