Federal Judge Reed O'Connor in Wichita Falls sentenced two drug traffickers to prison sentences, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper today, Friday, Feb. 21. A massive drug network stretching from the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex area to Wichita Falls near the Oklahoma border saw two of its merchants taken out of action when Steve Ysasaga, 41, of Arlington, Tex., and Roberto Macias, 34, of El Paso had their addresses changed to a federal penitentiary.
Judge O'Connor sentenced Ysasaga Wednesday to 240 months in a federal prison in the Wichita Falls federal courtroom in the Graham B. Purcell Building. The judge recently ordered Macias to spend a sabbatical for 180 months in a federal penitentiary. The federal building is named after former U.S. Congressman and 89th District Judge Graham Purcell who served the citizens of North Texas well for several decades.
Although his address was listed in Arlington, Ysasaga was arrested as he was leaving his home in Wichita Falls in August of 2012 by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper while he was transporting methamphetamines. , according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
DPS seized the massive amount of 530 grams of meth from the vehicle in which Ysasage was driving.
Macias pled guilty to his involvement in the illegal activity also. On numberous instances between Aug. 24, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012, he also received hefty amounts of methampetamines from his connections in the DFW area and trekked to Wichita Falls where he made distributions to customers.
The size of the drug operation can be gauged by the fact 39 traffickers have thus far pleaded guilty in the case. The fact that people are still buying this physically destructive, teeth-rotting drug is astonishing.
The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigated this large drug organization in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DPS and the Wichita Falls Police Department. Manuel Borrego, chief of the police department, is supervisor of the police officers indvolved in the war on drug ring prosecuted in this case.
Only two of the defendants have yet to be sentenced.
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