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

Monday, January 25, 2016

First Defendant to be Sentenced in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy is Sentenced to 292 Months in Federal Prison

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — The first defendant to be sentenced for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in Wichita Falls, Texas, from approximately March 2014 to August 2015, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to a lengthy federal prison term, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

James Anthony Streadwick, 54, of Wichita Falls, was sentenced to 292 months in federal prison.  He pleaded guilty in October 2015 to one count of conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine.  Eleven of the 13 defendants charged in the case have pleaded guilty to that offense; two defendants remain fugitives.  Each defendant faces a statutory penalty of at least five years and up to 40 years in federal prison and $5 million fine.  Sentencing hearings are set for February 22, 2016.

According to documents filed in Streadwick’s case, between September 2014 and December 3, 2014, Streadwick received quantities of methamphetamine from supply sources in Dallas and Wichita Falls, typically obtaining the methamphetamine in multi-ounce quantities.  He then sold quantities of methamphetamine to customers in Wichita Falls. 

Streadwick further admitted that on December 3, 2014, when a search warrant was executed at his residence, law enforcement seized digital scales, small plastic bags, notes that reflected drug-trafficking transactions, firearms and quantities of methamphetamine.

The Wichita County District Attorney’s Office, the Wichita Falls Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Walters prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated January 25, 2016