Woman Sentenced In Federal Court For Drug Conspiracy

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A Gatesville woman arrested last year in a methamphetamine conspiracy round up was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday.

Virginia Miller (Jail photo)

GATESVILLE (January 5, 2011)—A Gatesville woman who was part of a large conspiracy to manufacture and deliver methamphetamine was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison.

Virginia Frye Miller, 53, will serve 10 years in federal prison on three counts that she will serve concurrently.

Judge Walter Smith also sentenced her to three years supervised release, and imposed a total of $1,500 in fines and a $300 special assessment to the court.

She was one of eight Central Texans arrested after an intense investigation by city, county, state and federal law officers in 2010.

Also arrested in the probe were Tina Louise Wicker, 44, of Gatesville, Cary Eugene Buth, 48, of Gatesville, Lee Ann Parker, 32, of Gatesville, Waylon Lewis Dyer, 41, of Gatesville, Tommy Lee Owens, 34, of McGregor, Barry Brent Swarb, 55, of Gatesville and Frank Nicholas Butler, 42, of Waco.

All eight eventually pleaded guilty in federal court.

Wicker was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison, followed by five years supervised release.

Buth was sentenced to 10 years incarceration and five years supervised release.

Owens was sentenced to 19 years, six month in federal prison followed by five years supervised release;

Swarb, Butler and Dyer are awaiting sentencing in U.S. District Court in Waco.

The investigation began in Coryell County, but authorities determined the reach of the enterprise stretched beyond the county's boundaries.

Coryell County Sheriff's investigators requested help from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Waco.

In the ten months that followed, investigators from the Coryell County Sheriffs Office, the Gatesville Police Department, agents of the DPS and Special Agents DEA conducted a series of undercover operations purchasing various amounts of methamphetamine ranging from grams to ounces from several local and non-local drug dealers.

Between February and September 2010, authorities arrested eight members of the organization.


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