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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Sarah R. Saldaña
, United States Attorney
Contact: Kathy Colvin

Wichita Falls Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Major Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A Wichita Falls, Texas, man, Stuart Ray Mitchell, 40, who pleaded guilty in January 2014 to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 151 months in federal prison.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, Mitchell admitted that on multiple occasions between November 2011 and August 2012, he distributed quantities of methamphetamine, and received payments for it, from customers in the Wichita Falls area.  Mitchell’s sources of methamphetamine included co-conspirator Steve Ysasaga, who supplied Mitchell quantities of at least one ounce of methamphetamine at a time.  Mitchell distributed quantities of methamphetamine to various individuals in Wichita Falls, and he made payment for the methamphetamine he received from Ysasaga to both Ysasaga and co-defendant Kimberly Williams.  Mitchell admits he possessed with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine during the conspiracy.

Ysasaga, 41, of Arlington, Texas, was sentenced in late February 2014 to 240 months in federal prison.  Kimberly Williams, 27, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison in July 2013.

With Mitchell’s sentencing yesterday, all 39 defendants charged in this conspiracy have entered guilty pleas and have been sentenced.  Federal prison sentences have ranged from 24 months to 300 months.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Wichita Falls Police Department investigated this Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary F. Walters prosecuted.


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