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Ten Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Ten defendants who pleaded guilty in October 2015 to their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in Wichita Falls, Texas, from approximately March 2014 to August 2015, were sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Nine residents of Wichita Falls received the following federal prison sentences:

Mark Anthony Peysen, 54, 180 months
Tamara Ann Beasley, 43, 51 months
Clinton Ray Durham, 47, 63 months
John Monroe Drullinger, Jr., 53, 155 months
Chad Edward Fluharty, 36, 110 months
Juan Anthony Gabaldon, 31, 168 months
Vincent Mark Hinson, 36, 151 months
Curtis Lisle Shawver, 28, 168 months
Cody Shane Walsh, 30, 240 months

Dallas resident Michael David Thompson, 50, was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison.

Each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.  A total of 13 were charged in the conspiracy.  One defendant, James Anthony Streadwick, 54, of Wichita Falls, pleaded guilty to the same offense and was sentenced last month to 292 months in federal prison.  Two defendants, William Muyleart and Kimberly Paulk Shaffer, remain fugitives. 

According to documents filed in the case, from approximately March 2014 to August 12, 2015, these defendants conspired together, and with others, to possess with intent to distribute and distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine.  They arranged to acquire the methamphetamine and used residences and other locations in the Northern District of Texas to package and distribute it to customers.  They delivered and distributed, and coordinated the delivery and distribution of, quantities of methamphetamine.  They also acted as intermediaries and brokers to negotiate the acquisition, price, sale and delivery of the methamphetamine, as well as the collection of payment for the 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 was in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated February 24, 2016

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