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Panola County Woman Guilty of Federal Drug Charges
TYLER, Texas – A 31-year-old Carthage, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Christine Stephens Carroll pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.
According to information presented in court, on Oct. 22, 2008, Carroll purchased cold pills containing 2.40 grams of pseudoephedrine from a Brookshire Bros. store in Carthage. Carroll also admitted to purchasing cold pills on 64 different occasions from Oct. 22, 2008 to Apr. 15, 2010, which amounted to approximately 137.78 grams of pseudoephedrine, with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Carroll was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 6, 2011.
Carroll faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set. Carroll's codefendants, Roy Tatum, pleaded guilty on Sep. 7, 2011, and her husband, Billy Carroll, pleaded guilty on Jan. 4, 2012. Both are awaiting sentencing.
This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Panola County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.