Authorities Carry Out Second Federal Drug Sting Operation in Four Months

    Federal authorities say they are successful once again in carrying out a drug sting operation in Wichita Falls.
    During the last sting involving the Budget Inn Motel in June, 30 people were named in a sealed federal indictment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
    Now, another 30 people are named in a new sealed federal indictment, charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
    So far, authorities say 25 of the 30 people have been arrested.
    Those arrested locally are: 39-year-old Melanie Lynn Brown, 20-year-old McKayla Renee Fondren, 38-year-old Nancy Arlene Freeman, 35-year-old Brandi Kay Jennings, and 36-year-old Jesse Carl Langford, Jr.
    Also arrested: 59-year-old Debra Gail McCullough, 44-year-old Dewey Wayne Wells, 35-year-old Troy Don Radford who has additional charges of displaying fictitious license plates and driving while license invalid, 39-year-old Tommy James Vasquez who has additional charges of felon in possession of a firearm, expired registration, no liability insurance, co driver's license, speeding, expired driver's license, and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
    Twenty-four year-old Andrew Spears was also arrested.
    Authorities say these arrests come as a result of a two-year long investigation that started in October 2010.
    Interim WFPD Police Chief Manuel Borrego says, "The federal indictment accuses these individuals of at least one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  In addition, others are being charged with substantial drug sales and also firearms offenses."
    The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Wichita Falls Police Department, Arlington Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Marshals service are all part of the investigation.
    Borrego says the locations at which these individuals allegedly sold drugs can't be released at this time because the investigation is ongoing.

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