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Grandson of infamous El Paso drug dealer Jimmy Chagra arrested on drug charges

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Texas Department of Public Safety Special Agents and Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested 44-year-old Jamiel Alexander Chagra Nichols on Friday for allegedly selling drugs to active duty Ft. Bliss soldiers.

ABC-7 has confirmed that Nichols is a member of the infamous Chagra family, well known for drug dealing in West Texas in the 1970s. His grandfather, Jamiel "Jimmy" Chagra, worked with actor Woody Harrelson's father, Charles Harrelson, to commit the legendary murder of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. in 1979. Jimmy took a plea deal in which he admitted to the murder.

A DPS spokesperson says the agents obtained a search warrant for Nichols' home after investigating his alleged criminal activity for six months.

In a news release, the spokesperson says Nichols allegedly sold drugs to El Pasoans, including soldiers at Ft. Bliss.

"Nichols was distributing cocaine, fentanyl and LSD. Agents seized over 21,900 dosage units of LSD from his home," DPS officials stated.

Texas Highway Patrol, Department of the Army Criminal Investigations, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Border Patrol, and the FBI all helped in this investigation.

Agents charged Nichols with state charges of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and booked him into the El Paso County Detention Facility.

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