25 Individuals Charged in a Wichita Falls and Vernon Texas Drug Conspiracy
WICHITA FALLS, Texas —In a collaborative effort by the Safe Streets Task Force, to include agents and officers from the FBI and Wichita Falls Police Department, Twenty-two individuals are in federal custody on a federal Complaint for a drug trafficking conspiracy, announced Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Those defendants arrested today or in custody on other charges are:
Floyd Raymond Richardson, 48, Vernon, Texas
Wayland Brent Ballard, 51, Vernon, Texas
Brad Deshaun White, 40, Dallas, Texas
Christopher Davis, 38, Dallas, Texas
Virginia Ann White, 66, Vernon, Texas
Teasie Winnell Scott, 49, Vernon, Texas
Terry Lamar Murray, 35, Vernon, Texas
John Dupree Wesley, 31, Vernon, Texas
Djuanna Kyvon Newman, 32, Vernon, Texas
Chadrick Deshawn McBride, 39, Vernon, Texas
Galvin Lamar Daniels, also known as “G”, age 33, Vernon, Texas
Demarcus Anatanya Madison, also known as “Chastie”, 40, Abilene, Texas
Shelby Breanna Funk, 24, Dallas, Texas
Christian Joseph Chavez, also known as “Shrek”, 34, Wichita Falls, Texas
Adam Domingo Garcia, 49, Vernon, Texas
Lonta Hobbs, 34, Clarksville, Texas
Chmira Denise Williams, 28, Wichita Falls, Texas
Candace Rebecca Rodgers, 25, Wichita Falls, Texas
Jacinda Renee Burris, 30, Iowa Park, Texas
Addis Scales, 37, Wichita Falls, Texas
Alvin Gerald Travis, 67, Vernon, Texas (Transient)
Amber Dawn Hatcher, 37, Electra, Texas
“The arrests today mark the culmination of several years’ worth of hard work, dedication, and cooperation between federal, state, and local authorities in an effort to fight the trafficking of methamphetamine that destroys lives and families in our communities throughout the Northern District of Texas,” stated U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox.
“Today, the FBI, working with its local, state and federal law enforcement partners dealt an unrelenting blow to those individuals and groups that have profited from the distribution of illegal drugs and threatened the safety of the Wichita Falls and Vernon communities,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent-in-Charge, Eric K. Jackson.
The Complaint was signed by United States Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray, Jr. on June 25, 2018, and unsealed today, charging 25 individuals in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Twenty-two of those defendants were arrested this morning, and two are still under seal.
Most of the defendants arrested today will make their initial appearances in federal court in Wichita Falls on Friday, July 13, 2018, before United States Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray, Jr.
According to the Complaint, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout Vernon, Wichita Falls, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas. The complaint further alleges that from approximately September 2014 through December 2017, the defendants conspired together, and with others, to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
As alleged in the Complaint, as part of the conspiracy, its members had a fluid hierarchy that evolved over time. As some members were arrested or otherwise temporarily unavailable, other members took over the receipt and delivery of methamphetamine. Additionally, some of the money derived from the sale and distribution of methamphetamine would be used to purchase additional quantities of methamphetamine.
A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of the federal sentencing guidelines and factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wichita Falls Police Department; Texas Department of Public Safety, Wichita County Sherriff’s Office, Vernon Police Department, 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the US Marshals Service are in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith is in charge of the prosecution.
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