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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009                                           PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 50-year-old Longview man has pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            JAMES EARL MANKINS, JR., pleaded guilty to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie.

            According to information presented in court, Mankins was arrested on Oct. 30, 2008, and found to be in possession of about ½ ounce of methamphetamine.  Mankins acquired the methamphetamine from a source in Tyler and distributed it to others in the area.

            Mankins faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  He has agreed to the forfeiture of $150,000 in cash.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Kilgore Police Department, and the Gregg County Sheriff's Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.


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