More than 25 defendants apprehended in connection with OCDETF “Operation Flat Rate” – a methamphetamine trafficking investigation in Wichita Falls that netted 25 defendants in the summer of 2018 – have been sentenced, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.
Sentences ranged 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.
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:
“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 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith is prosecuting the case.
Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer