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April 29, 2011

Kilgore Pseudeophedrine Federal Drug Defendant Sentenced

TYLER, Texas – A 29-year-old Kilgore man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Russell Eugene Shepherd pleaded guilty on Sep. 2, 2010, to possession of pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison on Apr. 26, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

                According to information presented in court, Shepherd admitted to purchasing cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at various stores in Longview, Kilgore and Henderson between March of 2009 and January of 2010. These pills were purchased in furtherance of a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine utilizing these pills with other co-defendants.  Shepherd was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 6, 2010. 

                This indictment, along with several other indictments, resulted from a lengthy investigation launched by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Panola County Sheriff's Department.  These departments were also assisted by 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.




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