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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2011

Upshur County Man Guilty of Federal Drug Charges

TYLER, Texas – A 37-year-old Gilmer, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Charles David McWhorter pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine on Nov. 28, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

                According to information presented in court, on July 31, 2009, McWhorter purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Drug Emporium store in Longview, Texas.  On that same day, he made three additional purchases at other stores in the area, all in furtherance of his methamphetamine manufacturing activities.  McWhorter was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 6, 2011.

McWhorter faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

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

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