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.
Others arrested were identified as:
• Mellissia Deann Evans, 43; jailed under bonds totaling $55,500 for engaging in organized criminal activity, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, and possession of prohibited substance in a correctional facility.
• Marvin Eugene Williams Jr., 40; jailed under bonds totaling $40,750 for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces.
• Cammie Shea Cox, 37; jailed under bonds totaling $41,050 for engaging in organized criminal activity and other charges.
• Donnis Rochelle Wood, 32; jailed under bonds totaling $50,000 for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of prohibited substance in a correctional facility.
• Ernest “Frosty” Alford Colliflower, 56; jailed under bonds totaling $40,000 for engaging in organized criminal activity.
• Melimda Kai Danley, 28; released March 15 after posting $40,000 bond on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
• Rick Eugene Todd, 52; jailed under bonds totaling $47,500 on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and theft of property, more than $1,500, with two or more previous convictions.
• Crystal Renea Garcia, 33. Garcia remained in Parker County Jail under bonds totaling $47,500.
A warrant has also been issued for Joseph Chester Sylvis, 31, who has not been arrested, according to the sheriff’s office.
The investigation began when SCU received an anonymous tip regarding drugs being sold at a residence in the 4000 block of River View Court near Weatherford in early October, according to an investigator’s affidavit.
Later that month, investigators knocked on the door of the home and received permission from Danley to search the house, according to the court record, which stated that Cox and Sylvis were also present at the time.
During the search, investigators reportedly found a bag with a small amount of methamphetamine, a glass pipe and a box found to be belonging to Wood which contained small bags with methamphetamine residue.
Sylvis, who was arrested at the time on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, confessed that he, Danley, Cox and others pooled their money and Danley purchased methamphetamine, some of which he and Cox had smoked earlier, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Hardin, who had an outstanding parole warrant, and Kari Williams were stopped leaving the Colliflower’s residence in the 700 block of West Bridge Street and scales, a glass pipe and baggies with methamphetamine residue located in the vehicle, according to the SCU investigator.
Investigators also searched Colliflower’s home, finding a bag with less than a gram of meth hidden in a Sharpie marker, which they believe he obtained from Hardin, according to the affidavit. Colliflower admitted providing meth to Cox and others, according to the investigator.
During a search last year of a residence in the 700 block of North Street last year, Todd reportedly claimed possession of 4.2 grams of methamphetamine found in his room and investigators located an additional 0.4 grams of methamphetamine in Wood’s bedroom, according to the affidavit.
Evans and Marvin Williams, Kari Williams’ brother, sold 1.2 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant at a Weatherford hotel in February, and 1.9 grams of methamphetamine was found in Evans’ bra during a traffic stop that day, according to the affidavit.
Kari Williams also sold 2 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant and was found with another gram of meth during a traffic stop by the Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, who arrested her on an outstanding warrant March 4. Williams admitted to selling methamphetamine to others, according to SCU.
Shortly after being released on bond after Fort Worth police found him in possession of 22 grams of methamphetamine, Delamar reportedly sold 9.2 grams of meth to a confidential informant in March, according to the affidavit.
Garcia also sold a gram of meth to a confidential informant last week at a Weatherford convenience store, SCU reported.
Agencies that assisted in the investigation include the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, the Weatherford Police Department, the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Worth Police Department.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler and Weatherford Police Chief Mike Manning said the Special Crimes Unit investigators did an outstanding job of taking a seemingly small tip and developing leads to conduct their investigation.