A Wichita Falls drug dealer has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.
Dustin Keith Weaver, 31, was indicted in July 2019 for conspiring to distribute marijuana along with six codefendants. He pleaded guilty to in May to conspiracy to contribute a controlled substances and was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor.
In his factual resume, Mr. Weaver admitted to coordinating shipments of marijuana through the U.S. Mail, typically using fictitious sender and recipient names to minimize likelihood of detection. Over an 18-month period (March 2015 to September 2016), he and his coconspirators shipped 443 packages, each containing an average of two to three pounds of marijuana, from Oregon to Wichita Falls. The packages were typically shipped in flat-rate Priority Mail boxes for easy tracking, and upon receipt, the drugs were repacked and resold in Texas, Mr. Weaver admitted.
Mr. Weaver further admitted that he recruited a number of coconspirators, including a grower, into the scheme. He also coordinated payments, directing coconspirators to deposit money into certain bank accounts, or, in at least one instance, directing them to make car payments on behalf of others.
Five of Mr. Weaver’s codefendants – Randall Dizon, Jonathan Michael Fernandez, Jarrett Devon Grant, Ronald Vance Latimer, and Justin Kent Reed – also pleaded guilty. The sixth, Chad Anthony Ray, was convicted at trial in November 2019 and sentenced to 50 months in federal prison.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Wichita Falls Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Walters and Joseph Magliolo prosecuted the case.