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RUSK COUNTY MEN SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COLD PILL CASE
TYLER, Texas – Two Kilgore, Texas men have been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Larry Don Howell, 30, pleaded guilty on Sep. 1, 2010, to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.
Calvin Lee Sickler, 28, pleaded guilty on Aug. 6, 2010 to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison today by Judge Davis.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 17, 2009, Howell purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Wal-Mart in Kilgore, in addition to making several other purchases up until Nov. 3, 2009. Sickler admitted to purchasing cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at various stores in Longview, Kilgore, Henderson, and Tyler between September 2009 and March 2010. The purchases were all made in furtherance of their methamphetamine manufacturing activities.
A federal grand jury returned a 273-count indictment on May 6, 2010 charging Howell, Sickler, and four others with federal drug violations.
This case is being investigated by the Texas DPS Criminal Investigations Division, the Panola County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Gregg County CODE Unit, the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, the Upshur County Sheriff's Office, the Gilmer Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff's Office, the Jefferson Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Harrison County Sheriff's Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.