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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2012

Rusk County Woman Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Violation

TYLER, Texas – A 52-year-old Overton, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Francie Irene Jernigan-Haynes pleaded guilty on Jan. 10, 2012, to possession of equipment used to manufacture heroin and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

                According to information presented in court, on Jan. 25, 2011, Haynes' co-defendant sold capsules containing heroin to a confidential informant at Haynes' residence in Overton.  Hayne and her husband were present and observed the transaction.  On Jan. 27, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Haynes' residence, which led to the discovery of an electric grinder containing a powdery residue which tested positive for heroin.  Haynes was named in a federal indictment returned by the grand jury on Sep. 15, 2011.

                This case was investigated by the Rusk County Sheriff's Office and the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

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