Last of 39 Defendants Gets Prison for Texas Drugs

A North Texas man has been sentenced to nearly 16 years behind bars for his role in a methamphetamine ring that led to prison for 39 people.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced 40-year-old Stuart Ray Mitchell of Wichita Falls was the final convicted person to be sentenced.

Mitchell in January pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine. He was sentenced Monday to 151 months in prison.

Investigators say Mitchell distributed and sold methamphetamine in the Wichita Falls area. Authorities identified the supplier as 41-year-old Steve Ysasaga of Arlington.

Investigators say Ysasaga, who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy-related counts, received meth from suppliers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2010.

Ysasaga in February was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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