Among a list of indictments handed down recently by the grand jury of the 121st. District Court were nine that included charges of theft and engaging in organized crime.
According to the indictments, the nine individuals allegedly stole over $100,000 worth of fuel from an oilfield services company.
Sheriff Larry Gilbreath said the theft involved a company account, but would not go into details of the case as it has yet to go to trial.
He also said the oilfield services company, named in the indictment as being Basic Energy, Inc., suspected the theft and reported it to the Terry County Sheriff’s Department which conducted a six-month investigation into the matter.
Gilbreath said not all of the individuals have been arrested but two allegedly involved in theft are Terry County residents Norberto Vasquez,58, as well as Silverio Fraire-Carranza,59.
Listed on the indictment along with Vasquez and Fraire-Carranza are Uriel Fraire, Melchor Muniz (AKA Paul Mata III), Ramon Aguilar, Gaspar Fraire, Hernan Fraire, Blas Medelez, Jr. and Ricardo Martinez.
According to the report, Vasquez and Fraire-Carranza were arrested by the Terry County Sheriff’s Department after the indictments were issued and taken to the Terry County Justice Center. According to the indictment, individuals involved were indicted on second-degree felony charges of Theft over $100,000 and less than $200,000 with the stolen property being fuel. They were also charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, which is a first-degree felony.
Bond for individuals arrested on the theft charges were set at $75,000 and $100,000 each for the first-degree charges of engaging in organized crime.  Both Vasquez and Fraire-Carranza are still being held in the Terry County Justice Center.