Two Vernon brothers charged in a major criminal conspiracy case centered in the Wichita Falls area and the metroplex have entered guilty pleas.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern District of Texas, Trevor Clifford Scott and Javaris Damon Scott pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth. The two were arrested in September after nearly two months on the run.
Both had been fugitives since July 12 following a federal roundup of 37 people in two separate drug trafficking investigations.
The Scott brothers are facing up to 20 years in prison and $1 million fine.
Multiple agencies took the brothers into custody after they climbed out of the apartment window of Denene Griggs, 24, of Wichita Falls on Sept. 6.
Griggs pleaded guilty to concealing a person from arrest after she admitted to sheltering the Scotts on Thursday. She now faces up to five years in prison.
Twenty-five other people involved with the federal roundup in July also have entered guilty pleas.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern District of Texas issued a press release that states:
Lonta Hobbs, 34, the final defendant associated with a July 2018 drug bust that netted 25 defendants, has pleaded guilty, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.
One defendant, Chmira Denise Williams, pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.
The remaining 24 defendants associated with the bust pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine:
• Floyd Raymond Richardson
• Wayland Brent Ballard
• Brad Deshaun White
• Christopher Davis
• Virginia Ann White
• Trevor Clifford Scott *
• Teasie Winnell Scott
• Terry Lamar Murray
• John Dupree Wesley
• Javaris Damon Scott *
• Djuanna Kyvon Newman
• Chadrick Deshawn McBride
• Galvin Lamar Daniels
• Demarcus Madison
• Shelby Breanna Funk
• Christian Joseph Chavez
• Adam Domingo Garcia
• Lonta Hobbs
• Candace Rebecca Williams
• Aaron Floyd Taylor
• Jacinda Renee Burris
• Addis Scales
• Alvin Gerald Travis
• Amber Dawn Hatcher
Denene Griggs, 24, also pleaded guilty yesterday to concealing a person from arrest. She admits to sheltering two fugitives from the drug bust – her child’s father, Javaris Damon Scott, and his brother, Trevor Clifford Scott – inside her apartment. (The Scott brothers had been on the run after authorities uncovered their role in the drug conspiracy. They were arrested on September 6, 2018, when FBI and Wichita Falls Police Department investigators caught them climbing out the window of Griggs’ Wichita Falls apartment.)
“As the U.S. Attorney, I lead an office that prosecutes a variety of very important federal cases, but few investigations are more important than those that protect the public from the danger and devastation caused by illegal drug trafficking,” Nealy Cox said at a press conference in Wichita Falls on July 12, following the bust.
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 U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith is prosecuting the case.