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|TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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LONGVIEW MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING
TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 35-year-old Longview man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
MARK LINDSEY OWENS pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.
According to information presented in court, beginning in June 2008, Owens possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others in the Longview, Texas area. A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment on Feb. 4, 2009, charging him with federal drug trafficking crimes.
Owens faces up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County CODE Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.
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