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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008                                              PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                          PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881


(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 46-year old Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

VINITA KINCAID LEWIS, of Logansport, LA, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love and was immediately remanded into federal custody.    

            According to court documents, since 2005, Lewis was part of a conspiracy to traffic in more than 500 grams of methamphetamine to others in and around East Texas and West Louisiana.  In October 2007, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging 14 people with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

Lewis faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.  A sentencing date has not been set.
            This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division and Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, the Panola County Sheriff's Office, the Harrison County District Attorney's Office, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, the Marshall Police Department, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, the Louisiana State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby is prosecuting the case.


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