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Drug Trafficking Group Arrested

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By Katy Sulhoff

He had fancy cars and loads of cash, but today a suspected drug kingpin is busted in Longview.

The FBI and Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement unit arrested seven people Thursday for money laundering involving more than $1,000,000.

Authorities said the ring leader is Lakendric Miller, and the group generated the money by buying and selling drugs in Texas and California. Police have been investigating the activities of this group for five years.

Lakendric Miller has been stopped by police dozens of times for drugs and large amounts of cash. And each time he would make up stories how he got the money. That's why police had to prove he was drug trafficking.

Albaro Galvaon said it's been a quiet street, but recent crime has made him more alert.

"Everyday in the morning when I go to work, I have to watch every window if maybe somebody's outside," said Galvaon. 

Because just down Flanagan Drive, Lakendric "Pee Wee" Miller's drug trafficking operation was finally put to a stop.

"This is a huge victory for Longview, it's a victory for law enforcement," Officer Kevin Brownlee said. The FBI and local police's five year investigation finally busted Miller's operation when the money became too much to handle.

"They couldn't figure out how to get rid of their money and by having large amounts of cash and unexplainable deposits, I think they couldn't hide the amount of money they had and it definitely led law enforcement to what was going on," said Brownlee.

In five years, Miller made more than $1,000,000, purchased luxury cars, and never held a job.

"These guys didn't have anyway to explain where this money came from. They just had it," Brownlee said.

We spoke with several people who know Miller directly. They wouldn't talk on camera, but they describe him as the king pin. They also say he wouldn't hurt anybody - he loves children and drives nice cars. They said even though it's illegal activity, it's his way of making a living. Well local law enforcement have a different opinion of him.

"By arresting these drug dealers we can make a huge dent in crime," Brownlee said.

A dent in crime Galvoan would be happy to see, because he's not moving from here.

"If I move to another place, that will be the same thing," he said.

Miller and the others will be arraigned in federal court next week. 

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