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.