Vernon drug busts

Since: Jan 11

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#1 Jan 6, 2011
Can we get this done in Quanah?!

This is from the Wichita Paper"

Seven defendants have been sentenced to federal prison time — ranging from a few years to more than 20 — for drug-related offenses.

Their arrests came during a sweep in Vernon in August.

The seven entered guilty pleas in September for their roles in the methamphetamine and cocaine distribution conspiracy case.

On Tuesday, they appeared in Wichita Falls before U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor for their sentencing hearings.

In a courtroom filled with family members and friends — men, women and children — people close to the defendants and many of the defendants themselves made statements about their situations before they were sentenced Tuesday.

Guillermo Lorenzo Urista, 24, Nicolas Gilbert Leija Sr., 33, Abraham Socorro Garcia, 22, Mario Escobar Jr., 25 and John Thomas Coston, 27, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

O’Connor sentenced Guillermo Urista to 262 months in federal prison. Leija was sentenced to 63 months, Garcia to 78 months and Escobar and Coston each to 120 months.

Beatriz Urista, 22, and Armando Rodriguez Jr., 34, had each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance (cocaine).

On Tuesday, O’Connor sentenced Beatriz Urista to 46 months in prison and Rodriguez to 40 months.

The federal sentences are to be served without parole.

The arrests came as a result of investigative work by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Wichita Falls Police Department, the Wilbarger County District Attorney’s Office and the Vernon Police Department. According to a news release from U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas, the conspiracy took place from December 2008 to August 2010. As law enforcement agents executed several federal and state search and arrest warrants, they seized narcotics, drug distribution paraphernalia, firearms and cash.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Dewald of the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas prosecuted the case.
Witzend

Wichita Falls, TX

#2 Jan 6, 2011
wish I had thought of that, it would make this a better community. We all know this stuff is on our streets. Time to get it off right.
are you on drugs

Quanah, TX

#3 Jan 6, 2011
Everyone knows there isnt drugs in Quanah.Even the law knows that. Occasionally one of the carnival workers will slip a little marijuana into town but never anything more than that.(sarcasm).
Witzend

Wichita Falls, TX

#4 Jan 6, 2011
Quanah sure has alot of cops to just write tickets and make welfare checks.

Looks like a lot of tax dollars to me spent for nothing then.
??? No drug problem in Quanah, no drinking and driving problem, Just a little squabble from time to time.
Mance sure has done a fine job the last few yrs gettin things under control, heck they can just all go on vaction now can't they!
get real

Paducah, TX

#5 Jan 7, 2011
For this to happen in Quanah it will take out of town help. Plus you will have to get it out of the local courts.

Since: Jan 11

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#6 Jan 7, 2011
get real wrote:
For this to happen in Quanah it will take out of town help. Plus you will have to get it out of the local courts.
What is the problem with the local courts? From what I can see, most people that go to court in this area get whacked in the head. As far as I am concerned, I like that.
Diamond Cowgirl

Wichita Falls, TX

#7 Jan 8, 2011
The only ones that get whacked in the head r those that have been consorting with the sheriff's wife. Too many get light sentences or the law turns their head when drug activity is occuring. OK I said just what everyone was thinking. Bash away.
My two cents

Quanah, TX

#8 Jan 8, 2011
Diamond Cowgirl wrote:
The only ones that get whacked in the head r those that have been consorting with the sheriff's wife. Too many get light sentences or the law turns their head when drug activity is occuring. OK I said just what everyone was thinking. Bash away.
do you mean consorting in a sexual nature because what ive seen those are the conkees.consorting in any other way is apparently okay.
Krissy G

Wichita Falls, TX

#9 Jan 8, 2011
I have lived in Wichita Falls and other cities before. You people are crazy if you think druggies get off light here. I don't know about getting whacked in the head, but I do know that they get treated a lot worse in this area than they do in Wichita or Dallas.
thinking of moving

Quanah, TX

#10 Jan 8, 2011
Krissy G wrote:
I have lived in Wichita Falls and other cities before. You people are crazy if you think druggies get off light here. I don't know about getting whacked in the head, but I do know that they get treated a lot worse in this area than they do in Wichita or Dallas.
In these magical places you call Dallas and Wichita Falls are there investigations seeking out drugs/users/sellers? Are the homes and vehicles of these druggies raided and next to destroyed? Are the druggies incarcerated and forced to pay bonds and lawyers fees only to eventually end up in prison? That kind of stuff doesnt happen here. If a druggie happens to get pulled over and one of these great detective/officers that we have actually sees drugs then an arrest MIGHT be made. Prison time you thinking. Wrong again. Probation probation probation.
Welcome to Quanah.
back the real badge

Quanah, TX

#11 Jan 8, 2011
lehcas wrote:
<quoted text>
What is the problem with the local courts? From what I can see, most people that go to court in this area get whacked in the head. As far as I am concerned, I like that.
what about that officer nelson.please tell us "lickus",when is he going to get whacked in the head?while your at it tell us about those warrants. WHAT WARRANTS?
drink one for me in the morning.monday morning then if yall dont have a klan meeting on sunday mornings.

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#12 Jan 9, 2011
back the real badge wrote:
<quoted text>what about that officer nelson.please tell us "lickus",when is he going to get whacked in the head?while your at it tell us about those warrants. WHAT WARRANTS?
drink one for me in the morning.monday morning then if yall dont have a klan meeting on sunday mornings.
What are you talking about? I never said anything about any warrants for officer Nelson or anyone else.

Since: Jan 11

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#13 Jan 9, 2011
Oh, and it looks like Vernon law enforcement was involved in the raid above. There isn't much difference between there and here. Surely. Oh, and yes, there was a big raid. It was all in the Vernon paper a while back.

And as for drugs, I think most of them should be getting release with supervision. Our jails are full of people in there on marijuana and small drug possession charges. That space should go to rapists, murderers, and robbers. Instead of getting out, those people should be there foresever. The people that are on drugs should get rehab as long as they aren't hurting anyone else. Once they start committing other crimes (rape, robbery, breaking into houses, etc.) then they should be locked up. Just my two cents.
kunfuzed

Quanah, TX

#14 Jan 9, 2011
Lehcas. Do you think that Quanahs sheriffs office should ask for help so something can be done here like what has successfully happened in Vernon?

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