S. Marshals Service and the Texas Department of Public Safety." "Drug trafficking organizations are determined to spread their poison in an attempt to make a profit on the backs of addiction," said Salter. "Today, the DEA and our state and local partners have made a significant impact on these organizations operating in our rural counties. I am grateful for the efforts of our special agents, prosecutors and law enforcement partners in dismantling this organization. Our law enforcement community is strong and together we are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe and drug free." The investigation began in December 2012 when the DEA and the Stephenville Police Department began investigating the methamphetamine trafficking of the Brittany Barron Drug Trafficking Organization and identified more than 100 individuals distributing for, or obtaining methamphetamine from, that DTO. The investigation involved undercover purchases and search warrants, and, throughout the investigation, substantial amounts of methamphetamine and cash were seized from the DTO. Law enforcement learned that this DTO, based in Stephenville, was allegedly responsible for distributing hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine, primarily in rural Texas counties, including Erath County, Parker County, Palo Pinto County, Comanche County, Eastland County, Stephens County, Hood County, Hamilton County, Somervell County and Taylor County. In addition, law enforcement has dismantled several of the DTO's suppliers, and it continues to investigate others that remain in operation. A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The statutory penalty, upon conviction, for the offense charged is not less than five years or more than 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. The U.S. Attorney's Office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith.