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Last Defendant in Large-Scale Narcotic Distribution Conspiracy Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

Roberto Omar Vera, 53, of Corpus Christi - the last of 23 defendants in a large-scale narcotic distribution conspiracy - was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on May 16 by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle.

Vera was apprehended after he engaged in a lengthy high-speed chase in Hunt County, resulting in speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, and Vera firing a gun at law enforcement multiple times. After an hour and half standoff, Vera was taken into custody along with the firearms and illegal narcotics that were in his possession.

The defendants in this case were found responsible for distributing more than 72 kilograms of methamphetamine, along with heroin and other illegal drugs to the Northern Dallas area.  Combined, they were responsible for 142 prior criminal convictions, with 52 of them being drug related and 6 being violent offenses. They received a total of over 245 years in federal prison, with sentences ranging from 33 to 360 months.

  • Roberto Vera – 360 months
  • Elizabeth Causey-Eck – 240 months
  • Daniel Moss – 215 months
  • John Owen – 210 months
  • Roberto Munoz - 190 months
  • Simon Trevino – 188 months
  • Rodney Broach – 188 months
  • Larry Lincks – 188 months
  • Arthur Currie – 168 months
  • Clisty Pratt – 130 months
  • Brandi Turcola – 100 months
  • Angela Burkham – 87 months
  • Illona King – 85 months
  • Kneely Abadie – 75 months
  • Paul Shreves – 71 months
  • Lauren Crites – 70 months
  • Kameron Vera – 60 months
  • Mark Craven – 60 months
  • Stephanie Aldava – 57 months
  • Charley Crossland – 57 months
  • Chelsea Johnson – 57 months
  • Caitlyn Johnson – 51 months
  • Jorge Morales – 33 months

The investigation was led by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl, Northern District of Texas, was in charge of these prosecutions.

Contact

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Erin Dooley at 214-659-8707 or erin.dooley@usdoj.gov.

Updated May 20, 2019