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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Heroin and Methamphetamine Dealers Sentenced in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS —Darrell Ellington, 58, and Craig Lain, 56, of Wichita Falls, Texas, were sentenced on February 26, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, following their guilty pleas to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Ellington and Lain were sentenced to 100 months and 14 months in federal prison, respectively.  The following co-defendants previously pleaded guilty to their roles and were sentenced by Judge O’Connor in December 2017:

      Eric Lee Portier, 37, 188 months

      Michael Brooks, 50, 120 months

      Crystal Pond, 34, 107 months

      Jon Alan Brooks, 54, 105 months

      Mario Daniel Rodriguez, 26, 70 months

      David Standridge, 52, 51 months

      Bryan Tresenriter, 38, 46 months

      Jaci Lea Carter, 28, 24 months

According to plea documents filed in the case, the defendants conspired with each other and others to obtain heroin and/or methamphetamine in the Dallas, Texas, area, and transport it back to Wichita Falls for distribution.  Portier also pled guilty and was sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm during the time of the conspiracy. 

The Wichita County District Attorney’s Office Drug Enforcement Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, and the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case with assistance from the United States Marshal Service, Decatur Police Department, Bridgeport Police Department, and Wichita Falls Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Myria Boehm prosecuted.

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Drug Trafficking
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600
Updated March 1, 2018