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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2012

Cass County Man Guilty of Federal Drug Charges

TYLER, Texas – A 56-year-old Avinger, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Scott R. Kelly 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 Apr. 17, 2010, Kelly purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens store in Longview, Texas, as well as on numerous other occasions at other stores in the area, all in furtherance of his methamphetamine manufacturing activities.  Kelly was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 6, 2011.

Kelly faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

                This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Upshur County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.

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