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Wichita Falls Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison For Role In Major Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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

WICHITA FALLS, Texas— A Wichita Falls, Texas, man, David Calandreli, 27, who pleaded guilty in November 2013 to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 300 months (25 years) in federal prison.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, Calandreli admitted that on multiple occasions between November 2011 and July 2012, he transported and distributed quantities of methamphetamine, which he had obtained from co-conspirator Steve Ysasaga, to individuals in the Wichita Falls area.  In addition, on more than one occasion, Calandreli obtained quantities of more than one-quarter pound of methamphetamine from Ysasaga.  Ysasaga, 41, of Arlington, Texas, was sentenced in late February 2014 to 240 months in federal prison.

Calandreli also admitted that on December 7, 2011, he sold approximately 7.6 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover federal law enforcement officer in the parking lot of a grocery store in Wichita Falls.

To date, all 39 defendants charged in this conspiracy have entered guilty pleas; 38 have been sentenced. 

This Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Texas DPS; and the Wichita Falls Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary F. Walters is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 22, 2015