A years-long and large-scale sting operation has led to the arrest of twenty-two individuals, many from Vernon, TX, in what is described in a press release from Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, as a “collaborative effort” by the Safe Streets Task Force, including agents and officers from the FBI and Wichita Falls Police Department. All are accused of intent to distribute methamphetamine. In total, 38 individuals have been indicted by a grand jury in two separate indictments.

The list of the accused in custody:

  • Floyd Raymond Richardson, 48, Vernon, Texas
  • Wayland Brent Ballard, 51, Vernon, Texas
  • Brad Deshaun White, 40, Dallas, Texas
  • Christopher Davis, 38, Dallas, Texas
  • Virginia Ann White, 66, Vernon, Texas
  • Teasie Winnell Scott, 49, Vernon, Texas
  • Terry Lamar Murray, 35, Vernon, Texas
  • John Dupree Wesley, 31, Vernon, Texas
  • Djuanna Kyvon Newman, 32, Vernon, Texas
  • Chadrick Deshawn McBride, 39, Vernon, Texas
  • Galvin Lamar Daniels, also known as “G”, age 33, Vernon, Texas
  • Demarcus Anatanya Madison, also known as “Chastie”, 40, Abilene, Texas
  • Shelby Breanna Funk, 24, Dallas, Texas
  • Christian Joseph Chavez, also known as “Shrek”, 34, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Adam Domingo Garcia, 49, Vernon, Texas
  • Lonta Hobbs, 34, Clarksville, Texas
  • Chmira Denise Williams, 28, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Candace Rebecca Rodgers, 25, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Jacinda Renee Burris, 30, Iowa Park, Texas
  • Addis Scales, 37, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Alvin Gerald Travis, 67, Vernon, Texas (Transient)
  • Amber Dawn Hatcher, 37, Electra, Texas
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“The arrests today mark the culmination of several years’ worth of hard work, dedication, and cooperation between federal, state, and local authorities in an effort to fight the trafficking of methamphetamine that destroys lives and families in our communities throughout the Northern District of Texas,” stated U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox.

“Today, the FBI, working with its local, state and federal law enforcement partners dealt an unrelenting blow to those individuals and groups that have profited from the distribution of illegal drugs and threatened the safety of the Wichita Falls and Vernon communities,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent-in-Charge, Eric K. Jackson.

Three of the twenty-five named in the first indictment still have their indictments sealed and their names were redacted from the press release.

A second indictment was handed down against the following individuals:

  • Lawrence Martin Boone,
  • Alicia Lane Murfield,
  • Ashleh Dawn Bowen,
  • Charles Cheatle,
  • Allyssa Marie Curry (a.k.a. Allyssa Marie Rogers),
  • Alexis Leigh Deleon,
  • Brandon Shane Eustice,
  • Michael David House,
  • Michael Steven Mello,
  • Justin Brian Onstead,
  • Jason Alan Smith,
  • Timothy Wayne Tatum
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According to the second indictment at least eight weapons were seized as well.

According to the press release:

Most of the defendants arrested will make their initial appearances in federal court in Wichita Falls on Friday, July 13, 2018, before United States Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray, Jr.

According to the complaint, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout Vernon, Wichita Falls, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas.  The complaint further alleges that from approximately September 2014 through December 2017, the defendants conspired together, and with others, to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

As alleged in the complaint, as part of the conspiracy, its members had a fluid hierarchy that evolved over time.  As some members were arrested or otherwise temporarily unavailable, other members took over the receipt and delivery of methamphetamine.  Additionally, some of the money derived from the sale and distribution of methamphetamine would be used to purchase additional quantities of methamphetamine.

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged.  A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of the federal sentencing guidelines and factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wichita Falls Police Department; Texas Department of Public Safety, Wichita County Sherriff’s Office, Vernon Police Department, 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the US Marshals Service are in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith is in charge of the prosecution.