WICHITA FALLS - Thirty individuals were named in a sealed federal indictment Tuesday, including dozens of Wichita Falls residents.
FBI special agents and Wichita Falls, Fort Worth and Arlington Police officers arrested and charged 16 defendants in a federal indictment with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine) in a law enforcement operation.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment in Dallas on June 20, 2012. It was unsealed Tuesday afternoon, and charges a total of 30 defendants. 11 are in state custody and three remain at large.
U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Diego G. Rodriguez, of the FBI's Dallas Field Office made the announcement.
"Today's arrests, and the resulting shutdown of a crack cocaine distribution ring that has been plaguing the Wichita Falls community for some time, are the results of an excellent, well-coordinated Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation," said U.S. Attorney Saldaña. "I commend the hard work and dedicated efforts of the FBI and its Safe Streets Task Force in concert with the Wichita Falls, Fort Worth and Arlington Police Departments in this investigation."
"This operation celebrates cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies who were able to identify gang members and associates allegedly involved in persistent criminal activity in the area," said Special Agent in Charge Rodriguez. "These arrests will have a significant impact on the gang's influence and demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a safe community for residents of Wichita Falls."
"Joint operations of this magnitude and importance positively affect the safety and quality of life for our citizens of Wichita Falls and Wichita County," said Interim Chief Manuel Borrego, of the Wichita Falls Police Department. "Partnering with the FBI to work investigations against criminal gangs who are heavily involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs in Wichita Falls has benefited our residents."
Each of the defendants is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. All defendants, except as noted, are residents of Wichita Falls.
The below-listed defendants were arrested Tuesday:
- Jesse Mae Buckner, 40
- Katrina Davis, 27
- Elvada Latoya Davis, 30
- Latonia Yevette Fleeks, 41
- Peggy Fleeks, 50
- Sherry Ann Fleeks, 49
- Terrance Fleeks, 27
- Terrance Russell Fox, aka "T-Baby," 24
- Michael Hansboro, aka "Sparkling Mike," 32
- Fritz Earl Hicks, aka "Big Loc," 44, Fort Worth, Texas
- Kemmy Holliman, aka "Lil Kemmy," 27
- Walter Henry Johnson III, aka "Koo-Koo," 31
- Cold Contrell McGrew, 32
- Monte McNeely, 30
- Lloyd Kelly Murray, 29
- Parvin Patel, 48
- Tommy Gene Randle, aka "Tom-Tom," 31
- Ikeem Shaw, aka "Luke," 21
- Danielle Latrese Vasquez, 25
The below-listed defendants are in state custody:
- Eddie Ramone Barry, Jr., 27
- Danielle Denise Cleaver, 30
- Elmondo Leunsay Gildon, aka "Money Man," 32
- Darrell Jeffrey, 38
- Steven McGrew, Jr., aka "Funky Grape," 35
- Steven McGrew, Sr., aka "Big Steve," 56
- Richard Jason Perry, 32
- Shaun Royalty, aka "P.A.," 34
- Philip Lestroy Thomas, aka "Capone," 36
- Herman Vaughan, aka "Akinola Shoyinka," 24
- David Yarborough, 56
If convicted, each defendant faces up to life in prison and a $10 million fine. Also upon conviction, the people named in the indictment will have to forfeit property. This includes the Budget Inn Motel at 914 E. Scott Ave. in Wichita Falls and another parcel of land in Wichita County.
One of the individuals named in the Bust, Parvin Patel is the owner of Budget Inn Motel off East Scott. If convicted officials may seize his motel. Interim Police Chief Manuel Borrego said, " This is one of the largest, well executed, well organized drug busts the WFPD has done."