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TWO HARRISON COUNTY RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING
MARSHALL, Texas - Two Harrison County residents have been charged with federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Randy Lee Smart, 51, of Marshall, Texas, and Tamara Lynn Olivares, 53, of Harleton, Texas, were arrested today after being named in a 128-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 3, 2011, following an investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing in the Harrison County, Texas area. Smart and Olivares appeared before U.S. District Judge Chad Everingham today for an initial appearance.
According to information presented in court, an investigation revealed that over an 18 month period, the defendants each purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine with intentions to manufacture methamphetamine. Approximately 60 purchases were made at more than 15 locations in four cities in east Texas, sometimes more than once a day.
If convicted, the defendants each face up to life in federal prison. It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of either innocence or guilt.
This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Jackson.