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August 22, 2012

Tarrant County Woman Sentenced for Drug Violations in East Texas

TYLER, Texas – A 50-year-old Forrest Hill, 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.

Marsha Annette Harris pleaded guilty on Apr. 2, 2012, to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone, alprazolam, and promethazine with codeine and was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

                According to information presented in court, from May 2009 to May 2010, Harris engaged in a conspiracy to purchase hydrocodone, alprazolam, and promethazine with codeine from numerous pharmacies in the Eastern District of Texas.  The conspiracy involved using rental vehicles to travel to pharmacies where fraudulent prescriptions were used to illegally purchase controlled substances which were then sold to several customers.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Nov. 2, 2011 charging Harris with federal drug trafficking violations.

                This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.




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