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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Texas

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For Immediate Release

October 17, 2013

Sarah R. Saldaña, United States Attorney

Contact: Kathy Colvin
(214) 659-8600
Kathy.Colvin@usdoj.gov

Wichita Falls Man Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Major Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Dewey Wells, 45, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor on October 7, 2013, to 97 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in April 2013 to his role in a major methamphetamine distribution conspiracy operating in Wichita Falls, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Wells pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute and to possess with intent to manufacture and to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in the case, Wells admitted that on multiple occasions between November 2011 and September 4, 2012, he received multi–ounce quantities of methamphetamine from co–conspirators Steve Ysasaga, David Calandreli and others in Wichita Falls. Wells further admitted that he distributed the methamphetamine to co–conspirators Tommy Vasquez, Frankie Hubbard and others in the Wichita Falls area.

Wells also admitted that on March 8, 2012, he sold approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) agent. During the transaction, Wells told the undercover agent that his supplier went by the name of "Joker," which is co–conspirator Ysasaga’s nickname.

In addition, Wells admitted that he sold methamphetamine to an undercover DPS agent on two other occasions that same month.

To date, 36 of the 39 defendants charged in this conspiracy have entered guilty pleas; a total of 28 defendants have been sentenced. The case against three defendants has not been resolved.
This Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Texas DPS; and the Wichita Falls Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary F. Walters is in charge of the prosecution.

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