HOUSTON – Two Texas men are set to appear in federal court on charges
of drug distribution that resulted in an overdose, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
A federal grand jury returned the nine-count superseding indictment
against Joseph Raymond Weeks, 33, Katy, and Rhett Dwayne Farrell, 40,
Pinehurst, Wednesday, July 1. They are expected to appear for their
arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena H. Palermo today at 2 p.m.
Also charged is Jessica Wickman-Cano, 35, Katy, who is set to
All were initially charged by criminal complaint on related offenses.
They appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge who had ordered Weeks and
Farrell into custody pending further criminal proceedings. Wickman-Cano
was also initially remanded to custody, but was later granted release
upon posting bond.
The new charges in the superseding indictment stem from an
investigation into the drug overdose of a Montgomery County man. On Feb.
25, law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to an individual
who was passed out in his vehicle, according to the charges. He was
allegedly unresponsive, and they had to administer NARCAN to revive him.
The indictment alleges the man had overdosed on fentanyl and had
purchased it from Farrell. Weeks was allegedly the source of supply.
The nine-count superseding indictment charges Weeks and Farrell with
two counts each of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute
controlled substances which resulted in serious bodily injury.
Additionally, Weeks and Wickman are charged with one count of possession
with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of
conspiracy to do the same, while Farrell is charged with two additional
counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Weeks is also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a
If convicted, Weeks and Farrell face up to life in prison, while
Wickman faces up to 20 years. All three could also be required to pay up
to $1 million in fines.
Texas Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation with
the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Montgomery County
Narcotics Enforcement Team and police departments in Katy and Houston.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jimmy Leo, Michael Day and Christine Lu are
prosecuting the case.