25+ Defendants in Wichita Falls drug bust sentenced

25+ Defendants in Wichita Falls drug bust sentenced

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Officials with the US Department of Justice say more than 25 defendants apprehended in connection with ‘Operation Flat Rate’ - A methamphetamine trafficking investigation in Wichita Falls have been sentenced.

US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox says the sentences range from a few months to 20 years in federal prison.

One defendant, Chmira Denise Williams, pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony (concealing the commission of felonious acts) and was sentenced to 8 months behind bars. Another defendant, Denene Griggs, pleaded guilty to concealing a person from arrest and was sentenced to 4 months in federal prison. She admits to sheltering two fugitives – her child's father, Javaris Damon Scott, and his brother, Trevor Clifford Scott – inside her apartment; they were later arrested climbing out of her window.

“As the U.S. Attorney, I lead an office that prosecutes a variety of very important federal cases, but few investigations are more important than those that protect the public from the danger and devastation caused by illegal drug trafficking,” Nealy Cox said at a press conference in Wichita Falls on July 12, following the bust.

The remaining defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor:

LONTA HOBBS: 20 years in federal prison

AARON TAYLOR : 19 years, 7 months in federal prison

CHRISTIAN CHAVEZ: 17 years, 6 months in federal prison

BRAD WHITE: 13 years in federal prison

CHADRICK MCBRIDE: 12 years in federal prison

JOHN DUPREE WESLEY: 7 years, 8 months in federal prison

ADDIS SCALES: 7 years, 3 months in federal prison

CHRISTOPHER DAVIS: 7 years in federal prison

FLOYD RICHARDSON: 7 years in federal prison

GALVIN DANIELS: 5 years in federal prison

TERRY MURRAY: 5 years in federal prison

DJUANNA NEWMAN: 5 years in federal prison

JAVARIS SCOTT: 5 years in federal prison

ADAM GARCIA: 4 years, 3 months in federal prison

CANDACE RODGERS: 4 years in federal prison

TEASIE SCOTT: 3 years in federal prison

JACINDA BURRIS: 2 years, 6 months in federal prison

AMBER HATCHER: 2 years in federal prison

TREVOR SCOTT: 2 years in federal prison

DEMARCUS MADISON: 1 year, 2 months in federal prison

SHELBY FUNK: 1 year, 1 month in federal prison

WAYLAND BRENT BALLARD: 6 months in prison

ALVIN TRAVIS: 6 months in federal prison

VIRGINIA WHITE: 6 months in federal prison

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation with assistance from the Wichita Falls Police Department, Wichita County Sherriff’s Office, Vernon Police Department, 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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