The last of 10 members of a drug-trafficking ring working in Northeast Tarrant County was sentenced to federal prison today.
William Walter Rainey was sentenced to 30 years in prison by by U.S. District Judge John McBryde in Fort Worth, the U.S. attorney's office said.
The other nine defendants in the case were sentenced to federal prison terms ranging from six to 40 years months, following their guilty pleas to their respective roles in the black tar heroin operation.
The invesgitation was conducted by the DEA, Tarrant County Narcotics Unit and police departments from Bedford, Euless, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills and Watauga.
The investigation began in May 2011 when Mark Andrew Talamini was arrested for possessing two ounces of black tar heroin, which led investigators to his supplier and other dealers.
Investigators eventually determined that the 10 defendants were part of a larger organization responsible for distributing heroin in Northeast Tarrant County.
Other defendants, and their sentences, are:
Mario Guerra-Rocha, 28 years
Agusten Diaz, aka “Popeye,” 40 years
Michael Diaz, aka “Darky,” 9 years
Manuel Parada, aka “Pelon,” 6.6 years
Matthew Christopher Talamini, 9 years
Christopher Paul Sibley, 9 years
Mark Andrew Talamini, 26 years
Timothy Joseph Metzler, 6 years
John David Talamini, 11 years
- Lee Williams