Four arrested after investigation involving marijuana, more than 11 grams of cocaine

Odessa police arrested four men April 6 in Odessa as part of a narcotics investigation involving marijuana, firearms and more than 11 grams of cocaine.

John Anthony Sanchez, 17, was charged with first-degree felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, while he and Marcus Dwayne McCowan, 33, and Diamonique Lashawn Justice, 17, were charged with misdemeanor evading arrest or detention and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Miguel Angel Sanchez, 20, was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

An OPD release stated officers found four bags of cocaine weighing about 11.1 grams in a residence that two of the men ran into while evading officers, along with plastic baggies, a container of marijuana, a digital scale, a Glock handgun and case, a rifle, multiple identification cards and several counterfeit $100 bills.

The release stated that on April 6, officers observed a Lexus traveling with an expired registration before it pulled into a driveway in the 2700 block of Chestnut Avenue, then officers observed one man exit the vehicle with a clear container containing marijuana while another man smoked marijuana. As officers activated their lights in front of the residence, the three men who were in the vehicle immediately fled on foot.

John Sanchez ran into a residential backyard and jumped over a fence before he was caught and placed into custody. McCowan and Justice ran into the residence but were caught and placed into custody. Miguel Sanchez was in the residence and was detained pending further investigation.

While in the residence, officers saw the marijuana, baggies, scale, firearms and other items, according to the release, prompting Odessa police to obtain a search warrant for the residence.

Once the search warrant was executed, officers found the bags of cocaine, the release states. The release states investigation revealed that the cocaine belonged to John Sanchez, while all four men were found to be in possession of marijuana. All four were arrested.

Jail records show John Sanchez was released April 10 on bonds totaling $52,000. McCowan was released April 8 on bonds totaling $2,500, while Justice was released April 6 on bonds totaling $1,500 and Miguel Sanchez was released April 6 on a $500 bond.