Electra Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

An Electra woman who did not return to court after her release on bond on federal drug distribution charges has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Janis Hernandez was sentenced Wednesday to 136 months in prison for her guilty plea to a June indictment naming her and six other people in a conspiracy to distribute meth in North Texas.

After her arrest, Hernandez failed to appear for arraignment and she was arrested last October after Wichita Falls Police tried to make a traffic stop, and the driver fled on food. They found Hernandez in the car.

Federal and local authorities began investigating the suspects in October of 2012. Search warrants revealed records with drug buyers names and money owed, scales, firearms and meth.

Of the 7 people charged, 6 have now been sentenced. Anthony Johnston received 480 months--the maximum, Rachel Billen, 36 months, and Louis Griego, 168 months.

Thirty-four-year-old James Holley received 142 months, Christina Thompson, 42 months, and sentencing for 26 year old Darren Murphy is set for January 27th.

According to authorities, Hernandez admitted she acted as a broker for Murphy to distribute meth in Wichita Falls and from her home in Electra.

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