By CHRISTIN COYNE
The Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit has charged 12 people with first-degree felony charges following a six-month drug trafficking investigation.
Eleven of those charged have been arrested and additional suspects could be charged later, according to SCU investigators, who say the group was responsible for distributing a significant quantity of methamphetamine in Parker County.
“There was a continuous stream of drugs and money being used and distributed across Palo Pinto and Tarrant Counties with the majority of the suspects switching residences within Parker County in apparent attempts to evade investigators,” said SCU Commander, Lt. Mike Camp. “They used the profits from their methamphetamine distribution operation and reinvested it into their circle of further narcotics supplies and transactions.”
Investigators believe Robert Rene Hardin, 52, and Kari Michell Williams, 32, who were in a dating relationship, were purchasing up to an ounce and a half of methamphetamine from Troy Dean Delamar, 45, of Fort Worth, two or three times a week at times, and selling it to other suspects who distributed it, as well.
Investigators seized several ounces of methamphetamine during the investigation, as well as some cash and a vehicle.
All but one of those arrested confessed to distributing methamphetamine, according to SCU.
As of Thursday afternoon, Delamar remained in Parker County Jail under bonds totaling $175,000 on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams.
Hardin is being held without bond on a parole violation warrant as well as possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, engaging in organized criminal activity and other charges with bonds totaling more than $40,000. Williams remains in county jail on charges including engaging in organized criminal activity with bonds totaling more $32,000.
All 11 arrested have been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity by conspiring to distribute more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams, of methamphetamine. Some have additional charges, as well.