Victoria woman already in jail indicted on drug charge

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Aug. 12, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

A Victoria woman in prison for her role in a deadly 2011 shooting near Pine Street Park is now facing drug charges.

A grand jury returned an indictment for Erica Nicole McClure, 28, on Thursday.

McClure is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance.

McClure engaged in organized criminal activity because she worked with her brother, Joshua Dewight McClure, along with Lee Zuniga, Albert Franklin, Brandon Lnu, Sissy Lnu, Francis Lnu, Ashley Lnu and Tia Lnu to deal drugs out of the Crossroads Apartments on April 13, 2013, according to the indictment.

"There is case law that says you can have a criminal combination when people are operating in a vicinity that is notorious for drug dealing," Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said Tuesday. "Without even knowing each others' names, it can still be a combination."

McClure also possessed, with the intent to deliver, between 4 and 200 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Baptist Temple Church Day Care, 1804 N. Laurent St., and the YMCA, 1806 N. Laurent St., according to the indictment.

James Smith was appointed to be McClure's attorney. He could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

Tyler said McClure was arrested while out on bail during the trial for the death of Daniel Davila, 24.

Her brother, who was also out on bail at the time, was a suspect, too. He was not indicted because he left before police made the drug arrest, Tyler said.

Both siblings were acquitted of murder.

However, in that case, she was convicted of engaging in organized criminal activity and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

She is in the Hilltop Unit in Coryell County and not eligible for parole until June 9, 2022, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Tyler said McClure will be returned to the Victoria County Jail to await trial on her new charges.



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