Fort Worth

Two in Tarrant County methamphetamine ring get long sentences

Melissa Slade, 40, of Garland
Melissa Slade, 40, of Garland Courtesy

Two members of a methamphetamine ring that operated in Tarrant County have been given long federal prison sentences for their roles in the operation.

In a federal courtroom on Monday, Melissa Slade, 40, of Garland, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for being a distributor for the operation and Andres Silva, 36, of Fort Worth, got just over 17 years for being a supplier.

Their sentences came four months after they each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distrbute methamphetamine.

The two were involved in distribution of the drug to customers in Haltom City, North Richland Hills and the Fort Worth area since early last year, according to federal court documents.

Federal agents reported that Silva supplied methamphetamine to several distributors in the area, while Slade received an unspecified amount of the drug on consignment and distributed it to customers in Tarrant County.

Two other distributors, Erica Ayala and Jessica Ann Rosemergy, were sentenced in July. Rosemergy was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison and Ayala received 160 months.

Ayala was arrested in December 2014 by North Richland Hills police and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, federal agents said in the court documents. At time of her arrest, she had about a pound of methamphetamine.

During an interview with agents, Ayala admitted that she routinely picked up and distributed multi-ounce quantities of the drug.

Ayala told agents that Rosemergy had supplied her with methamphetamine at least 10 times.

Another member of the operation, Steven Villegas, is expected to be sentenced Dec. 7 in Fort Worth.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr