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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

Carthage, Texas residents face federal drug trafficking charges

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 4 individuals have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            On April 14, 2010, a combined task force of state and local law enforcement agencies began arresting individuals charged with involvement in a manufacturing and distribution criminal enterprise in the Panola and Rusk counties area. The following individuals were arrested and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love this afternoon for initial appearances: 

            According to the indictments, which were returned by a federal grand jury on Apr. 8, 2010, these individuals became targets during a lengthy methamphetamine manufacturing investigation and are alleged to have traveled to various pharmacies in the Eastern District of Texas between Feb. 2008 and Feb. 2010 to purchase numerous amounts of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine in order to produce large quantities of methamphetamine for distribution.  It is illegal to possess a List 1 Chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.  If convicted, defendants face up to Life in federal prison for the conspiracy charge and up to 20 years for each of the possession charges.

            The indictments and arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Panola County Sheriff's Department.  These defendants are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

            An indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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