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Three Tarrant County meth dealers sentenced to federal prison

Federal prosecutors displayed piles of seized drugs in 2008 when announcing the arrest of 22 members of cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking cells associated with Mexico's Gulf Cartel.
Federal prosecutors displayed piles of seized drugs in 2008 when announcing the arrest of 22 members of cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking cells associated with Mexico's Gulf Cartel. Star-Telegram archives

Three methamphetamine distributors who had operated in Tarrant County since 2013 have been sentenced to federal prison.

The men, all 32 and of Fort Worth and surrounding areas, were sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, the U.S. attorney’s office reported Tuesday in a news release.

Samuel Hebert was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to one county of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Joseph Sutton was sentenced to 11 years on the same charge, and Steven Villegas was sentenced to 10 years.

The men were sentenced on the same day that a Fort Worth couple were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences for trafficking methamphetamine from Mexico to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in a separate case.

Federal court documents online suggest a web of interconnected drug dealers.

Hebert supplied Erica Ayala, 31, of North Richland Hills with methamphetamine on consignment, which means she was to pay him back when she collected the money from customers.

The drugs were distributed in Fort Worth and North Richland Hills.

Ayala also supplied Sutton with meth on consignment, the court records state. Sutton distributed the drug to different customers.

Ayala was sentenced to 13 years in prison in July. Law enforcement found a pound of methamphetamine during her arrest in December 2014, according to a criminal complaint.

Villegas, a member of the methamphetamine ring Ayala was in, received meth on consignment from Andres Silva, 36, of Fort Worth, and others, according to a court document filed in August.

Villegas then supplied drugs to Ayala and Silva.

Silva was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Nov. 30.

This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

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