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KILGORE WOMAN SENTENCED IN COLD PILL CONSPIRACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2011

TYLER, Texas – A 49-year-old Kilgore, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 

Joy Lavon Smith pleaded guilty on Nov. 2, 2010, to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine and was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

                According to information presented in court, from Jan. 13, 2009 to Dec. 8, 2009, Smith purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine on 77 separate occasions which amounted to a total of 208 grams of pseudoephedrine, which she planned to use to manufacture methamphetamine.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 6, 2010 charging Smith with federal drug violations.  All of Smith's co-defendants have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing. 

This case is being investigated by the Texas DPS Criminal Investigations Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

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