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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

25+ Defendants in Wichita Falls Drug Bust Sentenced

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: 

  • 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
     

“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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated March 21, 2019