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November 30, 2011

Upshur County Man Sentenced for Federal Crimes

  TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that an Upshur County man has been sentenced for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
JAMES MICHAEL HAVNER, 49, of Gilmer, Texas, pleaded guilty on August 24, 2011, to possession of a List 1 chemical, with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.  Havner was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison during a hearing before United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider. 

            According to information presented in court, Havner purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walmart store in Longview, Texas, on January 24, 2009, and made three additional purchases at other stores in the area the same day in furtherance of his methamphetamine manufacturing activities.  Havner was named in an 82-count federal indictment returned on April 6, 2011. 

            This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, the Upshur County Sheriff's Department and the Gilmer Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.


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