Lubbock Woman Confesses in Deadly Fentanyl Operation That Made National News

LUBBOCK, TX - Jamie Marie Robertson, 32, of Lubbock accepted a plea agreement according to court records made available on Friday.  Robertson was one of three people arrested in Lubbock during a drug bust that made national news.

In late October, federal agents from Washington D.C. and Fort Worth came to Lubbock to assist with a drug bust in two Lubbock locations.  Agents found Fentanyl which is described in court records as 30 to 40 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Agents treated the bust locations – 4900 block of 4th Street and 5747 154th Street – as hazardous material sites. 

Court records said Robertson and Jessica Holl lived together in an apartment in the 4900 block of 4th Street.  Court records said Holl was the main distributer between the two of them but Robertson would participate.

Specifically, in the plea agreement, Robertson admits to unlawful use of a communications facility.  In other words, she used a cell phone to sell drugs.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. 

Robertson will be sentenced at a later date.

Even though she has initiated court records to plead guilty, her plea has not yet been presented to a federal judge for approval as of Friday afternoon.

Sidney Caleb Lanier was the third person arrested.  Court records said he was the one purchasing the Fentanyl on the so-called “dark web” from China. 

Lanier pleaded guilty in February and will be sentenced at a later date to no more than 20 years in prison.

The case against Holl was still pending Friday.

Robertson admits in court records that the operation between the three of them was distributing between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of Fentanyl every week.

They were selling it for $300 or more per gram.  To put that into perspective, gold was trading Friday at just more than $40 per gram. 

In addition to the federal case, other court records were filed in state court. 

State court records said, “Holl stated that she was instructed not to call the substance Fentanyl because people were dying.”

In November, the investigation into Robertson, Holl, and Lanier led Lubbock Police officers to Peyton Wilson.  During a search of Wilson’s home, police said Wilson had an armed confrontation with officers and was shot.

Wilson survived and after a treatment at University Medical Center, he was taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center.  Wilson, at last check, faced state charges but not federal charges.

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