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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2011

PANOLA COUNTY WOMAN GUILTY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING VIOLATIONS

TYLER, Texas – A 48-year-old Carthage, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Penni Sue Mooney pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

                According to information presented in court, on Mar. 21, 2010, Mooney purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Rite-Aid store in Shreveport, LA, and attempted to make an additional purchase that same day in the area with intentions of bringing the cold pills to Panola County, Texas where they would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.  Mooney was named in a federal indictment returned by the grand jury on May 11, 2011 and charged with drug trafficking violations.

Mooney 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 and the Panola County Sheriff's Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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