DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

                            

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

HENDERSON COUNTY WOMAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 31-year-old Brownsboro, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            CONNIE MARIE PAYNE pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

            According to information presented in court, Payne was involved in a drug distribution ring responsible for distributing methamphetamine to other individuals in the Longview area from April 2008 to April 2009.  An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on May 6, 2009, charging 9 individuals, including Payne, with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            Payne faces up to Life in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, the Canton Police Department, and the Dallas Police Department Gang Unit.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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